Last reviewed 21 July 2021

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a policy statement on the Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2000 setting out how the Government will implement the regulations by taking a proactive approach to enforcing existing pesticides regulations in Great Britain.

According to the statement, taking a risk-based approach means that, “when planning the approach to controls, factors that contribute to the risks associated with PPPs throughout the supply chain will be taken into account. This will include looking at the nature and scale of businesses, past records of compliance, the activities under their control, and the reliability and results of controls performed by the operator.”

Operators, including businesses that produce, manufacture, process, import, store, distribute and sell PPPs will be required to notify competent authorities of their details and business activities. A risk-based programme of official controls will be developed to ensure businesses comply with requirements for the placing on the market and use of PPPs.

Components of PPPs such as active substances, safeners, synergists, co-formulants and to adjuvants are also required to comply with the requirements of the regulations.

Under the regulations:

  • manufacturers of components of PPPs for incorporation into products will be subject to controls to establish that they form legitimate components of authorised products

  • businesses concerned with the placing on the market of PPPs authorised for professional use, and/or the placing on the market of components of PPPs are required to notify competent authorities of their details and business activities by 22 September 2021

  • users of PPPs in a professional capacity (including operators, technicians, employers and self-employed people, in all sectors) will need to follow a similar process by 22 June 2022.