You can apply for a permit for experimental use of plant protection products for research and development purposes.
You can apply either for a single experiment permit, or for an experimental testing programme permit. The permit is normally granted for a time period of 2 years for single experiments and 5 years for experimental testing programmes. Normally, permission is not granted for treating areas exceeding ten hectares per trial and crop.
A permit may include conditions regarding the quantity of plant protection product that may be used and what areas that may be treated. Other conditions of use may be included to further reduce the risk of harmful effects on human and animal health, or on the environment. For example, a condition can be that a crop treated in accordance with the permit may not be used for food or feed. The purpose of such a condition is to prevent foodstuffs or feed containing residues above approved levels to become part of the chain of food supply. The Swedish National Food Agency is the competent authority on issues related to pesticide residues in treated crops.
The experiments should as far as possible be performed in accordance with:
- The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) Standards for experiments on efficacy, resistance and phytotoxicity of plant protection products.
- OECD guidelines on residue testing.
Those who carry out the experiments in accordance with the permit for an experiment or a testing programme for efficacy, resistance or phytotoxicity of plant protection products should be accredited by SWEDAC, or have the corresponding accreditation in another EU member state, or act as sub-contractor to a body with such accreditation.
Permits for experiments or test programmes involving the release of genetically modified organisms are subject to special examination and review.