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.

The Swedish Government has decided to ban use in certain types of 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 is planning to decide 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 included in the EU Commissions preliminary list of active substances with low risk
  • acetic acid and iron (II) sulphate

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

Read more about the ban in the notification to the EU Commission.external link

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 1 April 2021