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Changes to HSE 'Crop definitions list' for 'Game and wildlife crops' and winter /spring qualifiers

Regulatory Update: 06/2015

Issued: 2nd March 2015

Purpose

The purpose of this Update is to inform interested parties that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has made changes to the Crop definitions list.

Background

Following its introduction in January 2015, HSE has received a number of enquiries relating to the 'Crop definitions list'. These have identified changes which could be usefully implemented to better reflect the requirements of growers and authorisation holders. Key changes are summarised below, a table to record these and future changes has also been added to the crop definitions document.

Deletion of 'Game and wildlife crops'

A separate definition for 'Game and Wildlife Crops' is no longer required and has been merged with 'Green cover on land not being used for crop production'. The two extensions of use for this use will be reissued.

Changes to 'spring' and 'winter' qualifiers

In January 2015 an important change was made to the qualifiers used to define spring and winter crops. The qualifiers changed from being based on variety to being based on the time of year in which the crop is planted. This change better reflected the environmental risk assessment and allowed growers more flexibility to plant spring varieties in the autumn.

A clarification has been added to these qualifiers to highlight that application to spring varieties sown in the winter (and vice versa) is likely to be at the growers own commercial risk. This is because crop safety and effectiveness may not have been demonstrated on spring varieties sown in the winter (or vice versa).

In light of this change, authorisation holders may choose to add one of the disclaimers below to existing product labels. The relevant phrase can be added to the label of professional products which have a specific authorisation for winter crops but not spring (or vice versa) and which are not seed treatments. Providing the above conditions are met, there is no requirement to seek formal agreement from HSE before including this phrase on the product label.

For products authorised on winter crops:

"This product is authorised in winter sown crops. Growers choosing to apply this product to winter sown spring varieties should note that crop safety has not been demonstrated in spring varieties. As a result application of this product to winter sown spring varieties is done so at the growers own commercial risk (and this also applies to unclassified varieties)."

For products authorised on spring crops:

"This product is authorised in spring sown crops. Growers choosing to apply this product to spring sown winter varieties should note that crop safety has not been demonstrated in winter varieties. As a result application of this product to spring sown winter varieties is done so at the growers own commercial risk (and this also applies to unclassified varieties)."

For future product authorisations, applicants are advised to avoid the need for the label warning by including an appropriate range of winter and spring varieties tested at relevant timings.

Further Information

Updated 2016-09-07