EU MRL changes

This news provides updates on recent changes to EU maximum residue limits (MRLs) for plant protection products (PPPs).

Where an MRL has been lowered, it is important for growers using the PPP to make any necessary adjustments in good time to ensure continued compliance with EU regulations. This may mean adapting production practices (good agricultural practices, GAP) or using alternative control methods.

This news also includes a complete list of the MRL changes introduced so far in 2020.

If you require additional information, or face particular problems as a result of these changes, please contact COLEACP at:

Lowering of MRLs for chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl

As announced in a FlashInfo on 11 August 2020, the new MRLs for chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl will come into force on 13 November 2020 (Regulation (EC) 2020/1085 and Corrigendum); this means, in effect, that they can no longer be used after this date.

Operators in ACP countries that use these PPPs must take note of the change, and ensure that they find alternative control methods in good time. If you require further information, please contact COLEACP at:

New MRL changes

On 28 October 2020, the EC published two new regulations setting new MRLs:

MRL changes affecting key horticultural export crops in ACP countries are presented in Table 1. To see details on all changes, please consult the full text of the regulations using the links provided above.

Table 1 EU MRL changes affecting key export crops in ACP countries

CropActive substanceApplies fromPrevious EU MRLNew EU MRL
Other citrusbupirimate17/05/210.05*0.01*
Oil palms fruitschlorantraniliprole18/11/200.01*0.8
Herbs and edible flowersmandipropamid18/11/202530
Tree nutspyridaben18/11/200.01*0.05
Sweet peppers/bell pepperspyridaben18/11/200.01*0.3

(*) limit of determination

Legend :

 Higher MRL
 Lower MRL


EFSA decisions on Bacillus thuringiensis

After review of the pesticide risk assessment of Bacillus thuringiensis, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has decided not to include three strains in Annex IV of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 (Bacillus thuringiensis ssp. aizawai strain ABTS-1857, Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki strain SA‐11, Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki strain SA‐12). This means that MRLs will need to be set for these Bacillus strains. The review process and date of publication of the new MRLs are not yet known. COLEACP will keep you informed as soon as more details become available.

All MRL changes introduced to date in 2020

Table 2 presents a review of EU MRL changes since the beginning of 2020. If you require additional information, or face particular problems as a result of these changes, please contact COLEACP at:

Table 2 EU MRL changes since the beginning of 2020

Active substanceKey substance for ACP countriesRegulationPublicationApplicable fromLink
bispyribac Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/97314/06/201904/01/2020link
denatonium benzoate Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/97314/06/201904/01/2020link
fenoxycarb Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/97314/06/201904/01/2020link
flurochloridone Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/97314/06/201904/01/2020link
quizalofop-P-ethyl Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/97314/06/201904/01/2020link
quizalofop-P-tefuryl Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/97314/06/201904/01/2020link
propaquizafop Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/97314/06/201904/01/2020link
tebufenozideXCommission Regulation (EU) 2019/97314/06/201904/01/2020link
2,5-dichlorobenzoic acid methylester Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/117610/07/201931/01/2020link
mandipropamidXCommission Regulation (EU) 2019/117610/07/201931/01/2020link
profoxydim Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/117610/07/201931/01/2020link
cyflufenamid Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/155916/09/201907/04/2020link
fenbuconazole Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/156016/09/201907/04/2020link
fluquinconazole Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/156116/09/201907/04/2020link
tembotrione Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/156216/09/201907/04/2020link
imazalilXCommission Regulation (EU) 2019/158225/09/201916/04/2020link
amitrole Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/179217/10/201918/05/2020link
fipronilXCommission Regulation (EU) 2019/179217/10/201918/05/2020link
flupyrsulfuron-methyl Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/179217/10/201918/05/2020link
imazosulfuron Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/179217/10/201918/05/2020link
isoproturon Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/179217/10/201918/05/2020link
orthosulfamuron Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/179217/10/201918/05/2020link
triasulfuron Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/179217/10/201918/05/2020link
dimethoateXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/70316/10/202027/05/2020link
omethoate Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/70316/10/202027/05/2020link
myclobutanilXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/77012/06/202002/01/2021link
napropamide Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/77012/06/202002/01/2021link
sintofen Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/77012/06/202002/01/2021link
chromafenozideXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/78516/06/202006/01/2021link
pencycuronXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/78516/06/202006/01/2021link
fluometuron Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/78516/06/202006/01/2021link
sedaxane Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/78516/06/202006/01/2021link
tau-fluvalinate Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/78516/06/202006/01/2021link
triazoxide Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/78516/06/202006/01/2021link
cyantraniliprole Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
cyprodinilXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
mandipropamidXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
cyazofamid Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
fenpyroximate Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
propamocarb Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
fludioxonilXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
pyraclostrobinXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
fluxapyroxad Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
pyriofenone Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
imazalilXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
pyriproxyfenXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
spinetoramXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
isofetamid Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
kresoxim-methylXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
lufenuronXCommission Regulation (EU) 2020/85619/06/202009/07/2020link
bupirimateXCommission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156628/10/202017/05/2021link
carfentrazone-ethyl Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156628/10/202017/05/2021link
ethirimol Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156628/10/202017/05/2021link
pyriofenone Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156628/10/202017/05/2021link
1,4‐diaminobutane Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
1-methylcyclopropene Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
ammonium acetate Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
bifenazate Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
chlorantraniliproleXCommission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
chlormequat Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
cyprodinilXCommission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
limestone Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
mandipropamidXCommission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
pepper Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
pyridabenXCommission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
repellants: blood meal Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
seaweed extracts Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link
trimethylamine hydrochloride Commission Regulation  (EU) 2020/156528/10/202018/11/2020link


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