EU and GB approval changes – July-September 2022
- Posted by: Mohamed Ndiaye
- Category: ACP EN, News
EU and GB approval changes
Following the UK departure from the EU, COLEACP’s Regulation Monitoring now covers both EU and GB approval changes, enabling us to keep COLEACP members and partner-beneficiaries up-to-date on both regulatory frameworks.
The European Commission (EC) has recently published changes to plant protection product (PPP) approvals within the European Union (EU). These include:
– Non-approval as a basic substance of black soap E470a and calcium propionate
Great Britain (GB) recently pubished a note concerning their decision to withdraw the approval of the substance indoxacarb.
How will ACP producers/exporters be affected?
Non-approval, withdrawal of approval or expiration of approval mean that EU/GB maximum residue levels (MRLs) are likely to be maintained or reduced to the limit of determination (LoD) which, in most cases, will mean that they can not be used on crops for export to the EU/GB.
What should ACP producers/exporters do now?
If you currently use indoxacarb on crops destined for the GB market, you need to ensure that current uses allow you to comply with new GB maximum residue limits or start looking for alternatives. If this is likely to cause you significant problems, and you fear being left without effective and available alternatives, please contact COLEACP at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.
Following the UK departure from the EU, the PPP approvals for Great Britain (GB) have been following a different review process since January 2021. Note that EU approvals still apply in Northern Ireland. Great Britain is the mainland comprising England, Scotland and Wales.
COLEACP’s regulation monitoring now covers both EU and GB approval changes, enabling us to keep COLEACP members and partner-beneficiaries up-to-date.
In this news, ‘key active substances’ refers to those used/registered in one or more ACP countries on horticultural crops that are frequently exported regionally or internationally. While COLEACP makes every effort to provide comprehensive information about EU and GB PPP regulatory changes, it is possible that some PPPs or crops relevant to you are not included in our list of key substances/crops. We recommend that you review the following section, which gives details on all changes in 2022, to check for any others that could affect you. If you see any PPP that you use on crops for export to the EU or GB in the lists below, we recommend that you check the regulation itself using the link provided.
Changes of approval in the EU
Black Soap E470a
Black Soap E470a is a natural soap derived from olives, used as an aqueous solution to control sucking and chewing pests, such as aphids, mealybugs, red spider mites, whiteflies, psyllids and thrips.
The European Commission (EC) has published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1444 concerning the non-approvals of black soap E470a as a basic substance in the EU.
Calcium propionate is a naturally occurring substance used as a mold inhibitor by the food industry.
The European Commission (EC) has published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1443 concerning the non-approval of calcium propionate as a basic substance in the EU.
Changes of approval in GB
Indoxacarb is an insecticide used on a wide range of horticultural crops to control certain lepidoptera, cockroaches and ants.
It was approved for use in the UK in April 2006, with an expiration date set to October 2024. However, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently published a note concerning the decision to withdraw the approval of the active substance indoxacarb.
All PPP approval changes introduced
Table 1 shows all changes to PPP approvals introduced in the EU and GB since the start of 2022.
If you require additional information, or face particular problems as a result of these changes, please contact COLEACP at: email@example.com.
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