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Certificates of Freesale

Certificates of Freesale are issued by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) which is part of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), to companies wishing to export pesticides. This process facilitates the export of pesticides to countries which may not have their own pesticide regulatory regimes. There is no charge for this service.

You should not need a certificate of this kind to export pesticides between countries within the EU.

Format of the Certificate

Each original certificate issued by CRD is embossed with the official Departmental seal.

The certificate is divided into two parts:

'Explanatory notes' appear on certificates to provide further details relating to the authorisation regime.

CRD no longer issues documents indicating that the product is free from radioactive material, as we cannot verify such information.

Examples

These examples are intended as a guide to the format of certificates issued by CRD.

Example 1 - For export of products authorised in the UK under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

Example 2 - For export of pesticides where the active substance is not present in products authorised for use in the UK.

Example 3 - For export of pesticides where the active substance is present in products authorised in the UK Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

How to Apply

Applicants are not required to complete an application form, an email request is acceptable. However, some or all of the following information is usually required:

As we cannot verify the following information, an appropriate disclaimer appears on the certificate against such entries.

A certificate may be issued for a product or an active substance that does not have authorisation in the UK. In this situation the certificate will clearly define that UK legislation does not apply to the product(s)/active substance which are for export only.

The turn around time for the issue of export certificates is less than a week. There is no charge for issuing this type of certificate.

For applications for certificates for agricultural pesticides and plant protection products contact CRD (York Office)

by email: parm@hse.gov.uk

or by post to:

Pesticides Delivery Team
Chemicals Regulation Division
Health and Safety Executive
Mallard House, Kings Pool,
3 Peasholme Green
York, YO1 7PX

For applications for certificates for non-agricultural pesticide products contact CRD (Bootle Office)

by email: biocides@hse.gov.uk

or by post to:

Chemicals Regulation Division
Health and Safety Executive
2.3 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
BOOTLE, L20 7HS

Updated 2017-03-13