To place a plant protection product on the Swedish market, the product must be authorised in Sweden. You can apply for a new product authorisation either through zone work sharing or through mutual recognition.
If you want to place a plant protection product on the Swedish market, the product must be authorised by the Swedish Chemicals Agency. In order for the product to be authorised, the active substance must first be approved in the EU.
Application through zone work sharing
An application for a new product authorisation through zone work sharing is handled in cooperation within different EU zones. Sweden is part of the EU's northern zone, together with Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Norway is also part of the northern zone cooperation.
Zone cooperation means that one member state evaluates an application and does a risk assessment for the entire zone. On the basis of that risk assessment, each member state then decides if the plant protection product shall be authorised nationally, in accordance with the application in their own country.
Application through mutual recognition
It is also possible to apply for a new product authorisation in Sweden through mutual recognition. Normally, such an application is made for a plant protection product that is already authorised in a country in the northern zone, but it is also possible to apply for a plant protection product that is authorised in another EU zone.
An application for mutual recognition must apply to the same product and for the same use as the original product authorisation. Moreover, the agricultural, plant protection and environmental conditions, including climate conditions must be comparable between Sweden and the member state where the plant protection product is already authorised (known as the reference member state).
You can apply for mutual recognition if you are a holder of a product authorisation in another member state. Official or scientific bodies and agricultural organisations can also apply if they can show that the use of the product would be of general interest in Sweden.
Application for an additional authorisation
It is possible to obtain an additional authorisation in order to put an already authorised plant protection product on the market under another trade name. You can obtain such an additional authorisation by applying for a new product authorisation.
Application form and guidance
To clarify the application and evaluation process, guidance documents and templates have been developed at EU level. There is also a guidance document of the Northern zone, which contains information about the agreements made within the Northern Zone.
Guidance for the Northern Zone 2020.
(May be used from June 2020, but must be used from November 1, 2020.)