Regulations & EHS&S

EU proposes not to renew approval of pymetrozine

The European Commission has drafted a proposal concerning the non-renewal of approval of the active substance pymetrozine in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. 
The non-approval is based on the first evaluation of the substance for use as a pesticide active substance in the EU under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. The substance was formerly approved under Directive 91/414/EEC. 
This decision only concerns the placing on the market of this substance and does not affect the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for residues of the concerned pesticide. However, following non-approval, separate action may be taken on MRLs. Any subsequent action on MRLs will be subject to notification under the SPS procedure.
According to the draft, Existing authorisations for products containing pymetrozine will need to be withdrawn; Member States must withdraw existing plant protection products containing pymetrozine at the latest by 6 months from the date of entry into force. A period of grace in line with Article 46 of Regulation 1107/2009 is allowed for and shall expire at the latest 15 months from the entry into force.
The proposed date to adopt this proposal is June 2018, and the proposed date of entry into force will be 20 days following publication in the Official Journal of the EU.  Final date for comments to this proposal is May 12, 2018.