Grace periods for phasing-out plant protection products

When an authorisation for a plant protection product has expired, the Swedish Chemicals Agency can decide on grace periods when the product can still be sold, stored or used. General grace periods apply if the Swedish Chemicals Agency has not made a specific decision about a grace period for an individual product.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency may decide on grace periods for phasing-out of plant protection products when the authorisations expire. The maximum grace periods that can be granted are stated in the EU Plant Protection Products Regulation.

In chapter 2, 8§ of the Swedish Chemical Agency’s Pesticides Regulations (KIFS 2008:3) general grace periods can be found. The general grace periods correspond with the maximum periods stated in the EU plant Protection Products Regulation and are six months for sales and distribution and 18 months for storing, using and disposing of existing stocks.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency also decides on grace periods for individual products. The grace periods decided for individual products are published in Annex 3 of KIFS 2008:3. The Annex 3 states the time-limits for sale, distribution, storage, use and disposal of the individual products concerned.

The decision of grace periods for an individual product apply directly for the authorisation holder. Until the time-limits for individual products has been published in Appendix 3 of KIFS 2008:3 the general grace periods apply for retailers and users.

If a product has been given a new registration number due to an amendment of the authorisation, the grace periods apply for the products labelled with the old registration number.

You can find the published grace periods decided for individual plant protection products in Annex 3 of KIFS 2008:3.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency's Pesticides Regulations (KIFS 2008:3). (In Swedish)

You can also find the time-limits for the phasing-out periods in our Pesticides Register.

Go to Pesticides Register.      (In Swedish)