Pesticides (UK from 1st Jan 2021)

From 1 January 2021, in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) a new independent pesticides regulatory regime will operate. Great Britain (GB) will take responsibility for its own decisions using its own rules.

Great Britain will have no formal role in EU decision-making processes and new decisions taken under the EU regime will not apply in GB. This includes active substance and Maximum Residue Level (MRL) decisions and any new EU Plant Protection Product (PPP) legislation.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will remain the national regulator for the whole of the UK, on behalf of the UK government and the devolved administrations.

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol, the EU pesticides regime will continue to apply in Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period, in the same way as during the transition period.

Existing approvals, authorisations and MRLs

All existing active substance approvals, PPP authorisations and MRLs will continue to be valid in GB.

Existing PPP authorisations remain valid until their current expiry date.

Active substance approvals due to expire before December 2023 will be extended for 3 years to allow time for the necessary evaluation work.

After the end of the transition period Great Britain will set MRLs based on its own assessments but all existing MRLs will remain valid until they are amended.

Applicants will need to continue to meet any existing conditions under the new GB pesticide regime.

New applications

To gain access to both GB and EU markets new applications will need to be submitted under both the GB and EU regimes. This may be a common application where there is no divergence between the two regimes.

Mutual recognition

HSE will no longer accept new applications for mutual recognition of authorisations in EU Member States but will process any existing applications to a conclusion under the national GB regime.

The HSE will continue to make use of other regulators’ assessments where possible and appropriate to support GB decisions.

Parallel trade permits

HSE will no longer accept new applications for parallel trade permits in GB. Existing parallel trade permits will continue until their current expiry date or until 31 December 2022, whichever is the sooner.

The above is not a full list, further information is here.

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