This page outlines the process you must follow to gain approval for either a product or active substance which is regulated under the Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR). It also explains the obligations on the Applicant and HSE as the regulatory authority during this process.
If you are unsure whether the product or active substance is regulated under COPR, you should read more about the law.
You should consider the type of application you are making before completing an application form. An idea of the application type will help guide you in filling out the form. HSE will make a final decision on the application type when we receive your application.
There are two main types of application:
In general most applications are ‘Non-committee’. There are different types of non-committee applications; you should check which type of application you are making, and then read the process outlined below for making a Non-Committee application.
To make an application for approval you must submit two items:
If the active substance(s) in the product still has data protection the following information should also be submitted:
Both elements, the form and supporting information, must be submitted to HSE to form a completed application. Applications for approval can be submitted via email, post or fax.
When HSE receive the application, an initial assessment of the information will be made to determine which type of application it is, whether any additional data is needed, how long it will take to process and how much it will cost.
The Applicant will then be invoiced for the appropriate fee to undertake the work.
Applicants should pay the fee within 30 days of the invoice date. If you anticipate a delay in payment please inform us as soon as possible.
Applications will not be processed until the requested fee has been received in full.
HSE accepts payments by either cheque or bank transfer. The full payment details/methods will be outlined in your invoice.
Following payment of the fee, HSE will begin work on evaluating the application.
Once the evaluation is complete and before any final approval documents are produced, the Applicant will be sent a copy of the approval conditions HSE intends to set for the product. These are set out on a draft Schedule of Approval and include the required classification(s) and precautionary labelling phrases. The draft Schedule will be accompanied by a NS1 form. The Applicant should examine the draft Schedule and return it to HSE (annotated if necessary) along with the completed NS1 form, signed and dated, to indicate agreement with the approval conditions.
Once the draft Schedule and NS1 form have been received by HSE and the draft label agreed, an HSE Number will be assigned to the product and a Notice of Approval and Schedule drawn up. This legal document will then be signed on behalf of Government Ministers.
Minor changes can be made to the Approvals of existing products (e.g. name of approval holder, address, name of product, marketing company) through the amendment or series change route. Changes to approvals can be requested via email, letter or fax.
Approval holders must inform HSE immediately if they become aware, or may be expected to be aware, of any new information or data which may affect the conditions of approval as detailed in the Notice of Approval and Schedule.
The expiry date for COPR approvals will depend on the status of the active substance(s) contained in the product under the EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR). Further information is give on our impact of EU BPR on COPR approval expiry dates webpage.
When an active substance is approved under the EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 action is required by COPR approval holders if they wish to keep their products on the UK market. Guidance is available on the transitional arrangements that are in place on our transfer from UK national law webpage.