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.

New requirements for adjuvants from 1 January 2024

The Swedish Chemicals Agency will start requesting more information on adjuvants in connection with an application for product authorisation for plant protection products. For both mandatory and recommended adjuvants, the Swedish Chemicals Agency will request information on the chemical name or trade name, full composition and demonstrated compatibility with the plant protection product. For mandatory adjuvants, demonstrated efficacy together with the plant protection product is still required, which is already required today. The new requirements will apply to applications submitted from 1 January 2024.

The reason why the Swedish Chemicals Agency is requesting more information is that as of 24 March 2023, substances on Annex III to Regulation 1107/2009 may not be included in adjuvants for plant protection products. Annex III to Regulation 1107/2009 lists 144 co-formulants that are prohibited in both adjuvants for plant protection products and in plant protection products under Regulation (EU) 2021/383.

Read more about the requirements for adjuvants on Annex III of Regulation (EU) 2021/383. External link.

New classification of active substance may affect your product authorisation

Several active substances used in plant protection products will get new or amended classifications in the 17th amendment (ATP 17) of the CLP Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of hazardous chemical products. The amended classifications of active substances may imply amendment of plant protection products containing the concerned substances.

If your product will get an amended classification and labelling that alter the conditions of use you need to apply for an amendment of your product authorisation. The amended classifications must apply from the 17 of December 2022, but can be used already now. 

Read more about ATP 17 and the regulation with all substances included in ATP 17 (in Swedish).

Amended requirements for walk-in tunnels

The requirements have been amended for the documentation that you need to submit with your application for an authorisation for a plant protection product used in walk-in tunnels. Now data on residues are required from field conditions instead of data from conditions in green houses as was previously required.

Read more about the application on walk-in tunnels on our website.

Swedish rules for active substances with limited risks

Since the 1 October 2021 there is a national ban in Sweden on plant protections products in certain areas, for example in areas around residential buildings and in parks. The Swedish Chemicals Agency has exempted active substances which pose only limited risks from the ban. The exemptions include both substances approved as low risks substances within EU and substances presented in an Annex to the Swedish Chemicals Agencys regulation KIFS 2008:3.

Read more about the ban on plant protection products in certain areas on our website

Here you can find tables over the active substances exempted from the ban

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.

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.


Last published 5 December 2023