Specific provisions on the labelling of plant protection products
vendredi 13 octobre 2023
According to REGULATION (EC) No 1107/2009, a plant protection product is a product composed of plant-protecting or synergistic active substances and intended for a specific use, such as :
(a) protecting plants or plant products against all harmful organisms or to prevent their action (b) acting on the vital processes of plants, such as substances, other than plant nutrients or biostimulants, acting on their growth (c) preserving plant products (d) destroying undesirable plants or parts of plants (e) slowing down or preventing undesirable plant growth
Member States may make the placing of plant protection products on the market in their territory subject to the condition that they are labelled in accordance with the information contained in the marketing authorisation dossier and that the label is written in the national language(s) of the country.
The labelling of plant protection products must comply with the requirements set out in Annex I to REGULATION (EU) No 547/2011 and contain, where appropriate, the standard statements indicating particular risks to human or animal health or the environment, as set out in Annex II, and the standard statements indicating safety measures for the protection of human or animal health or the environment, as set out in Annex III.
As a result, certain statements are compulsory on product labels. Below are two examples of compulsory wording on the label:
_ EUH401 : « To avoid risks to human health and the environment, comply with the instructions for use. »
_ The additional SP1 statement, supplemented if necessary by the text in square brackets/parentheses : « Do not contaminate water with the product or its container. [Do not clean application equipment near surface water. / Avoid contamination via drains from farmyards and roads.] »
As a reminder, the classification and labelling of plant protection products are based on the calculation principles of REGULATION (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP). However, it may happen that the classification used (which can be found in marketing authorisation dossiers with an authorisation number) by the plant protection regulation differs from the classification determined according to the CLP.