Adaptations to the regulation and transitional measures

Published 01.06.2015     Modified 26.05.2016

As of 01.06.2015, plant protection products in Norway are regulated by the Norwegian regulation implementing the EU regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 with specific transitional measures for Norway. The Norwegian adaptations to the EU regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 are described in the Decision of the EFTA Joint Committee No 203/2014.

Assessement of applications for authorisation of plant protection products received before 01.06.2015 will follow the previous Norwegian legislation, including approval criteria, time frames and fees. For applications received after this date Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market will apply as adapted. You will find information about the new application fees here.

According to the Decision of the EFTA Joint Committee No 203/2014, the EFTA States shall be free to limit access to their market of plant protection products containing active substances approved in accordance with Council Directive 91/414/EC or according to the Transitional measures in Article 80 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. The following criteria may be used in such circumstances:

  • it is not or has not been classified, in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, as mutagen category 1A or 1B, carcinogen category 1A or 1B, toxic for reproduction category 1A or 1B.
  • it is not an endocrine disruptor as defined in the Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.
  • it is not considered to be a persistent organic pollutant (POP*) or a persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT*) substance. 
  • the active substance (or its metabolites) are not detected in the field after > 1 year, the DT90 is not > 1 year and the DT50 is not > 3 months.
  • the concentration of the active substance or of relevant metabolites** in groundwater does not exceed 0.1 µg/L, unless it is scientifically demonstrated that under relevant field conditions this concentration is not exceeded.
  • data from JOVA (The Norwegian Agricultural Environmental Monitoring Programme ) do not show any findings above the Norwegian risk indicator value (MF) or continuous detections that indicate a risk, or data from other studies under Norwegian conditions do not indicate unacceptable risk to the environment.
  • it is established that the use of the plant protection product has no unacceptable effects on bees.

    *as defined in Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009
    ** according to the guidance document on the assessment of  relevance of metabolites in ground water (SANCO/221/2000 – rev.10, 25 February 2003)

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority may apply the precautionary principle to ensure that such substances placed on the market do not have any harmful effects on human or animal health or any unacceptable effects on the environment.

Plant protection products approved in Norway before regulation 1107/2009/EC entered into force may continue to be kept on the market pending the zonal re-registration procedure in the EU.

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