A list of co-formulants that are banned in plant protection products (PPPs) and adjuvants has been published in an amendment to the PPP Regulation (Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009).
Co-formulants are considered unacceptable in PPP if either their residues or their use will have a harmful effect on human or animal health or on groundwater or an unacceptable effect on the environment, plants or plant products.
Commission Regulation 2021/383, which entered into force on 23 March 2021, provides a listing of such co-formulants which are not accepted for inclusion in PPPs. The amendment specifies that the list should include:
Some other substances of concern were also included on the list due to their intrinsic properties or unacceptable risks for human health and the environment: polyethoxylated tallowamines, PHMB (1600; 1.8) and PHMB. In total, there are 144 co-formulants on the list.
Member States that have granted authorisations for PPPs or adjuvants containing these co-formulants must amend or withdraw the authorisations no later than 24 March 2023.
Existing authorisation holders are advised of deadlines for reporting unauthorized co-formulants in Member States; by way of example in Hungary it is required to complete and return an Excel spreadsheet providing details of unacceptable co-formulants contained in Annex III by 15 June 2021.
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