This is how we handle your application – plant protection products
Applications for authorisation of a plant protection product shall among others include a risk assessment for both human health and the environment. As an applicant you must show that the risk when using the product is acceptable and that the product is effective. You do this by submitting scientific documentation and a risk assessment for the product, based on how it will be used.
When we evaluate your application, we base the evaluation on legislation and associated guidance documents. Often, the guidance documents have been developed within the EU. We cooperate with the, the Swedish Board of Agriculture in matters concerning efficacy and the Swedish Food Agency in matters concerning residues and risk for consumers.
All applicants must pay an application fee.
A complete application is important
In order to process applications efficiently, it is important that your application is as complete as possible when submitted to us. We often see that some parts of the applications are not complete. For instance, reference lists and requests for data protection are missing or that the Letters of Access (LoA) are not acceptable.
Be sure to follow the guidance documents and templates available, for example the guidance for the Northern Zone. If information is omitted, you need to justify why. Take into account all relevant available data, for example data from the EU evaluation of the active substance.
The risk assessment must be based on the use stated in the application. The risk assessment must be relevant for the product, the zone and the member states where the product will be used.
How long does it take to process your application?
Our basic principle for the processing of applications is first-in-first-out. This means that the application we receive first will be processed first. In the EU legislation for plant protection products it is stipulated the maximum time limits for the processing of applications. You can find these time limits in the EU Plant Protection Products Regulation.
Different types of prolonged authorisations
Product authorisations for plant protection products are always limited in time and are based on the approval of the active substance. It is the EU Commission that decides on the approval period for active substances. An approval of an active substance can either be prolonged or renewed. Correspondingly, a product authorisation can be administratively prolonged or renewed.
You can apply for an administrative prolongation of your product authorisation as soon as the EU Commission has decided on the prolongation of the approval of the active substance. You can find information on how to apply for an administrative prolongation in our guide to different types of applications.
An application for a renewal of a product authorisation must be submitted within three months after that the EU Commission's the decision on the renewal of the approval of the active substance shall apply. Read more about how to apply for a renewal of a product authorisation on the website Renewal of a product authorisation and in article 43 of the EU Plant Protection Products Regulation.
If you have applied for a renewal of a product authorisation and we are not able to process the application before the product authorisation expires, we will extend the product authorisation without you having to submit another application.
We will stay in touch with you
We will contact you if your application is not complete or if something is unclear in your application. You will then be able to complete your application. If, after the evaluation, we conclude that your application cannot be authorised, we will inform you before we make the decision. Even when the product can be authorised, you will have the opportunity to submit comments on the conditions before we make the decision.
Decision in the case
When we have evaluated your application, we will decide the case. If we authorise the product, the decision will state what conditions apply for the product and how it may be used. After your case has been decided, the Swedish Chemicals Agency will send a copy of the signed decision by email. After you have received the decision, the Agency requires confirmation by email that you have been informed of the decision.