Current topics on plant protection products


On this page you will find information on current topics regarding plant protection products. For instance, you can find information about new legislation and amendments of existing rules.

A new judgement affirms the Swedish Chemicals Agency's decision to substitute a plant protection product

A judgement from the Land and Environment Court of Appeal on the 21 April 2021 affirms the decision of the Swedish Chemicals Agency to reject the application for a renewal of the product authorisation for the plant protection product Imprid Skog (active substance acetamiprid). The Swedish Chemicals Agency decided that the product could be substituted since there are several non-chemical methods in general use today to protect coniferous plants from pine weevil.

Read more in the press-release from the Swedish Chemicals Agency (In Swedish).

The Swedish Government has decided to ban use in certain areas

On the 24th of March 2021, the Swedish Government decided to ban use of plant protection products in certain types of areas. Plant protection products will be prohibited to use

  • in schoolyards, courtyards of preschools or in playgrounds to which the public has access
  • in recreational areas, primarily intended for recreation, such as parks and gardens
  • in allotment garden areas or in greenhouses used for nonprofessional purposes
  • on land for residential buildings and in private gardens
  • on plants indoors, except in production premises, warehouses and similar places.

The ban will apply from 1st October 2021.

Read more about the ban in the pressrelease from the Swedish Government (in Swedish). External link.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency has decided on exemptions from the ban for plant protection products containing active substances as follows;

  • active substances that are approved as substances with low risk in accordance with Article 22 of the EU Plant Protection Products Regulation (No 1107/2009)
  • active substances which have been listed in Annex 15 to KIFS 2008:3.

Read more about the exemptions in the press release from the Swedish Chemicals Agency 19 April 2021 (in Swedish)

Read more about the ban and the exemptions on the Swedish Chemicals Agency's website.

EU Commission information about the evaluation of glyphosate

The EU Commission is launching a new webpage for information from the group assessing glyphosate as an active substance in plant protection products within the EU. The assessment group includes the member states France, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Sweden. Minutes and presentations from the meetings will be published successively on the page.

Read more about the work of the assessment group on the EU Commission website. External link.

Biostimulants are exempted from the Plant Protection Products Regulation

The Plant Protection Products Regulation No 1107/2009 has been amended in order to define plant biostimulants and exempt them from this regulation. Products defined as plant biostimulants are no longer covered by the requirements of authorisation as plant protection products. The amendments apply as of 15 July 2019.

Read more about the amendments of the Plant Protection Products Regulation

Last published 24 May 2021