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The Applicant Guide: Do I Need To Submit An Application?

You must submit an application for an authorisation if you wish to market a plant protection product, carry out research and development work with a plant protection product, import a plant protection product into the UK or require an 'extension of use' of a plant protection product.

If you wish to market an adjuvant then you must submit an application for the inclusion of your product on the 'Official List' of adjuvants.

Your authorisation will be issued under the appropriate legislative regime. Further information on legislation governing plant protection products.

How do I obtain an authorisation?

For a commercial level of authorisation

If you wish to market a plant protection product (including biological and novel plant protection products) in the UK, you must apply for a commercial level of authorisation .Further information is available on the data and/or information that will need to be provided.

For research and development work

If you wish to carry out research and development work on an approved or unapproved active substance and/or plant protection product you must apply for a trials permit. We will issue a permit that specifies how the plant protection product should be stored and used.

A permit may not be necessary if the active substance and/or plant protection product is not going to be released into the environment.

See the guidance on trials permits for further information on this type of application. Further information is available on the data and/or information that will need to be provided.

For importing plant protection products (pesticides) into the UK

If you wish to import a plant protection product into the UK and market it on the basis that it is identical to a product already authorised in the UK, you must apply for a parallel permit. Procedures for these applications are different to those for other commercial authorisations. If you want to use an imported product but do not wish to market it in the UK, you may apply for an 'own use parallel permit'.

See the guidance on Parallel Permits for further information on this type of application. Further information is available on the data and/or information that will need to be provided.

For an extension of use of a product by a grower

The Long Term Arrangements for the Extension of Use (LTAEU) for non-edible crops allow the extrapolation of use(s) of authorised plant protection product, from an authorised crop on the product label to certain other listed crops, without the need for a specific authorisation (for some actives only and only on non-edible crops). See the guidance on Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use for further information on these extrapolations.

Where an extrapolation is not possible under these arrangements, you may apply for an Extension of Authorisation for a Minor Use (EAMU) in respect of the product. We will assess whether the proposed use is safe. If so, will issue an authorisation that specifies how the plant protection product must be used on that particular crop/situation in order to ensure that risks are acceptable. The use is not assessed for effectiveness or crop safety, and if you use an Extension of Authorisation for a Minor Use (EAMU) you do so at your own commercial risk.

The LTAEU also allows for the extrapolation of use(s) of authorised plant protection products from crops authorised under Extension of Authorisation for a Minor Use (EAMU). See the guidance document on Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use for further information on this type of application. Further information is available on the data and/or information that will need to be provided in support of this type of application.

For an adjuvant

If you wish to market an adjuvant for use with a plant protection product in the UK, you must apply for its inclusion on the 'Official List' of adjuvants. The 'List Entry' will specify the identity of the adjuvant and the conditions that a user must comply with.

See the guidance document on adjuvants for more information on this type of application.

For commodity substances

Commodity substances are chemicals which have a variety of non-pesticidal uses and also have uses as a plant protection product. If such a substance is to be used as a plant protection product it will require approval. Details of existing commodity substance approvals are available. If you wish to gain approval for a new commodity substance, see the guidance document on commodity substances.

What if I want to import treated produce into the UK?

A Maximum Residue Level (MRL) is the maximum amount of residues likely to be found in a particular foodstuff based on the authorised use of a plant protection product either in the UK or elsewhere in the EU. For further information see the guidance document on import tolerances and MRLs and general MRLs information available on this website.

If you wish to import produce into the EU that may contain levels of plant protection product residues exceeding EC MRLs (MRLs set at the European level by the European Commission), you must establish an 'import tolerance' for that plant protection products/crop combination. See the guidance document on import tolerances and MRLsfor information on submitting this type of application.

What if I want to export a pesticide outside the EU?

If you want to export an active substance or plant protection product authorised in the UK to a country outside the EU, the authorities in the importing country may ask you to provide evidence of the authorisation status of the active substance, the plant protection product or the adjuvant. Upon request we will issue certificates of free-sale which provide details of the approval status of the active substance, plant protection product or adjuvant and confirm that they are registered for use in England, Scotland and Wales. Information on obtaining certificates of free-sale can be found on this website.

What if I want to conduct efficacy trials?

If you wish to carry out efficacy testing and analysis for yourself or on behalf of a third party, your testing facilities must be 'Officially Recognised'. We will only accept data from efficacy trials started after 1 January 1998 where the tests were carried out by Officially Recognised organisations. Further information on Official Recognition and applying for your organisation to be Officially Recognised is available. Official recognition also applies to efficacy testing of beneficials and semiochemicals.

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Updated 2016-07-27