Active substances exempted from the ban

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Here you can find comprehensive tables over the active substances exempted from the ban on use of plant protections products in certain areas. The ban and the exemptions apply from the 1st of October 2021. There is also information on how to find the products allowed to use in forbidden areas.

What do the exemptions mean in practice?

The use of plant protections products in certain areas is banned in Sweden since the 1st of October 2021, according to Chapter 2, 37 § p. 2-6 in the Swedish Ordinance (2014:425) on pesticides. But according to 37a § in the ordinance, the Swedish Chemicals Agency has the mandate to decide on exemptions from the ban for active substances that only pose limited risks. This means that plant protection products containing only exempted active substances with limited risks may be used in the areas otherwise covered by the ban - provided that the intended use is included in the conditions of the product authorisation.

About one third of the exempted chemical active substances, and less than half of the exempted active microorganisms, are today represented on the Swedish market in authorised plant protection products.

In a new publication from the Swedish Board of Agriculture “Växtskyddsmedel med begränsad risk“ from June 2022, you can find which plant protection products that are authorised in Sweden and allowed to use in the forbidden areas. Please notice that the use must be in accordance with the conditions of use of the authorised product or in the extended authorisation for minor uses. The publication from the Swedish Board of Agriculture lists the products allowed to use as of June 2022. In order to check whether there have been any amendments for specific products thereafter, please go to our national Pesticide Register.

Here you can find the publication of the Swedish Board of Agriculture " Växtskyddsmedel med begränsad risk" (in Swedish). External link.

Go to Swedens national Pesticide Register. External link.

Please note that so called "basic substances for plant protection purposes" and NIS (nematodes, insects and arachnids) are not defined as plant protection products in the Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, and are therefore not covered by the ban.

The substances exempted by the Swedish Chemicals Agency are:

  • active substances approved as substances posing low risks in accordance with Article 22 of the EU Plant Protection Products Regulation (No 1107/2009) and listed in Part D in the Annex of the EU Regulation (EC) No 540/2011.
  • active substances listed in Annex 1 to KIFS 2022:3. The majority of these substances have been listed as potential low risk substances in the EU.

You can find links to the current versions of Regulation (EC) No 540/2011 and the Swedish Ordinance KIFS 2022:3 on our webpage Rules for Plant Protection Products

Plant protection products for non-professional use may only contain the exempted substances

The tables also show which substances that will in the longer term be allowed in products authorised for non-professional users. The Swedish Chemicals Agency has decided that from the 17th of May 2021 only products containing exempted active substances can be placed in authorisation class 3 when authorisations are granted or renewed. Authorisation class 3 includes the products allowed for non-professional users.

Description of the tables of exempted active substances

The tables below show comprehensive lists of the exempted active substances and in which legislation they are listed. Substances that occur in both legislations are shown as listed in (EC) No 540/2011. There is one table for chemical substances and one for microorganisms.

In the tables you will find:

  • the name of the active substance/microorganism, in the form used in the legislation.
    Note that if you wish to search for an active in the Swedish national Register of Pesticides (Bekämpningsmedelsregistret), please use the Swedish name of the active, as found in the Swedish versions of the tables. In a few cases, an alternative Swedish name should be used for such searches. It is then given within brackets in the Swedish tables.
  • In the Swedish versions of the tables, you can also see information on whether there are any approved plant protection products in Sweden that contain the active, and that may be used in areas covered by the ban, as long as the use is covered by the conditions of the product authorisation.

The tables are compiled by the Swedish Chemicals Agency. The completeness and correctness of the tables cannot be guaranteed at a given time, due to updating of the legislations. Hence, for the current and valid exemptions at any given time, we refer to the legislation mentioned above.

Table with chemical substances

Table 1. Chemical active substances that the Swedish Chemicals Agency has exempted from the governmental ban.

Active substances - chemicals

Legislation

Acetic acid

KIFS 2022:3

Aluminium ammonium sulphate

KIFS 2022:3

Ascorbic acid

KIFS 2022:3

Calcium carbonate

KIFS 2022:3

Fat distillation residues

KIFS 2022:3

Fatty acids C7 to C20: Pelargonic acid

KIFS 2022:3

Fatty acids C7 to C20: Fatty acids C7-C18 and C18 unsaturated potassium salts 

KIFS 2022:3

Fatty acids C7 to C20: Capric acid

KIFS 2022:3

Fatty acids C7 to C20: Caprylic acid

KIFS 2022:3

Fatty acids C7 to C20: Lauric acid

KIFS 2022:3

Fatty acids C7 to C20: Oleic acid 

KIFS 2022:3

Fatty acids C7 to C20: Fatty acids C8-C10 methyl esters

KIFS 2022:3

Fatty acids C7 to C20: Methyl octanoate

KIFS 2022:3

Fatty acids C7 to C20: Methyl decanoate

KIFS 2022:3

FEN 560 (Fenugreek seed powder)

KIFS 2022:3

Fish oil

KIFS 2022:3

Garlic extract

KIFS 2008:3

Gibberellic acid

KIFS 2022:3

Gibberellins

KIFS 2022:3

Heptamaloxyloglucan

KIFS 2022:3

Hydrolysed proteins

KIFS 2022:3

Iron(II) sulphate

KIFS 2022:3

Maltodextrin

KIFS 2022:3

Plant oils: Oil of rape seed, oil of colza seed

KIFS 2022:3

Potassium hydrogen carbonate

KIFS 2022:3

Prohexadione

KIFS 2022:3

Quartz sand

KIFS 2022:3

Sheep fat

KIFS 2022:3

Straight Chain Lepidopteran Pheromones

KIFS 2022:3

Sulphur

KIFS 2022:3

Urea

KIFS 2022:3

24-Epibrassinolide

(EC) 540/2011

ABE-IT 56

(EC) 540/2011

Aqueous extract from the germinated seeds of sweet Lupinus albus

(EC) 540/2011

Blood meal

(EC) 540/2011

Cerevisane

(EC) 540/2011

COS-OGA

(EC) 540/2011

Ferric phosphate

(EC) 540/2011

Ferric pyrophosphate

(EC) 540/2011

Laminarin

(EC) 540/2011

Lavandulyl senecioate

(EC) 540/2011

Sodium hydrogen carbonate

(EC) 540/2011


Table with micro-organisms

Table 2. Active substances which are microorganisms and that the Swedish Chemicals Agency has exempted from the governmental ban.

Active substance - microorganism

Legislation

Adoxophyes orana GV, strain BV-0001

KIFS 2022:3

Bacillus amyloliquefaciens subsp. plantarum D747

KIFS 2022:3

Bacillus firmus I-1582

KIFS 2022:3

Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713

KIFS 2022:3

Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. aizawai strains ABTS-1857 and GC-91

KIFS 2022:3

Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israeliensis (serotyp H-14) strain AM65-52

KIFS 2022:3

Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki strains ABTS 351, PB 54, SA 11, SA 12 and EG 2348

KIFS 2022:3

Beauveria bassiana strains ATCC 74040 and GHA

KIFS 2022:3

Candida oleophila strain O

KIFS 2022:3

Cydia pomonella Granulovirus (CpGV)

KIFS 2022:3

Gliocladium catenulatum, strain J1446 (see Clonostachys rosea strain J1446)

KIFS 2022:3

Helicoverpa armigera nucleopolyhedrovirus (HearNPV)

KIFS 2022:3

Lecanicillium muscarium (formerly Verticillium lecanii) strain Ve 6

KIFS 2022:3

Metarhizium anisopliae var. anisopliae strain BIPESCO 5/F52

KIFS 2022:3

Pythium oligandrum M1

KIFS 2022:3

Spodoptera littoralis nukleopolyhedrovirus

KIFS 2022:3

Streptomyces K61 (formerly S. griseoviridis)

KIFS 2022:3

Trichoderma asperellum (formerly T. harzianum) strains ICC012, T25 and TV1

KIFS 2022:3

Trichoderma asperellum (strain T34)

KIFS 2022:3

Trichoderma atroviride (formerly T. harzianum) strains IMI 206040 and T11

KIFS 2022:3

Trichoderma atroviride strain I-1237

KIFS 2022:3

Trichoderma gamsii (formerly T. viride) strain ICC080

KIFS 2022:3

Trichoderma harzianum strains T-22 and ITEM 908

KIFS 2022:3

Zucchinigulmosaikvirus, weak strain

KIFS 2022:3

Akanthomyces muscarius Ve6 (formerly Lecanicillium muscarium strain Ve6)

(EU) 540/2011

Ampelomyces quisqualis strain AQ10

(EU) 540/2011

Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain AH2

(EU) 540/2011

Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain IT-45

(EU) 540/2011

Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain FZB24

(EU) 540/2011

Bacillus subtilis strain IAB/BS03

(EU) 540/2011

Clonostachys rosea strain J1446 (Gliocladium catenulatum strain J1446)

(EU) 540/2011

Coniothyrium minitans strain CON/M/91-08 (DSM 9660)

(EU) 540/2011

Isaria fumosorosea Apopka strain 97 (formerly Paecilomyces fumosoroseus)

(EU) 540/2011

Pasteuria nishizawae Pn1

(EU) 540/2011

Mild Pepino Mosaic Virus isolate VC 1

(EU) 540/2011

Mild Pepino Mosaic Virus isolate VX 1

(EU) 540/2011

Pepino Mosaic Virus, EU strain, mild isolate Abp1 and
Pepino Mosaic Virus, CH2 strain, mild isolate Abp2

(EU) 540/2011

Pepino mosaic virus strain CH2 isolate 1906

(EU) 540/2011

Phlebiopsis gigantea strain FOC PG 410.3

(EU) 540/2011

Phlebiopsis gigantea strain VRA 1835

(EU) 540/2011

Phlebiopsis gigantea strain VRA 1984

(EU) 540/2011

Purpureocillium lilacinum strain PL11

(EU) 540/2011

Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain LAS02

EU) 540/2011

Streptomyces K61 (formerly S. griseoviridis)

(EU) 540/2011

Trichoderma atroviride strain SC1

(EU) 540/2011

Verticillium albo-atrum (formerly Verticillium dahliae) strain WCS850

(EU) 540/2011

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Last published 23 November 2022