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Certificates of Freesale

Plant protection products

A Certificate of Free Sale is an attestation that a plant protection product complies with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and may be freely sold in the UK, and can exported to countries which may not have their own regulatory regimes. There is no charge for this service provided by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD), part of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The certificate allows for additional information to be added such as manufacturing sites, exporter, distributor etc. This information is optional at the request of the exporter, but can only be placed under the section that reads ‘The following information has been supplied by the applicant and has not been verified by the Health and Safety Executive’.

Certificates are embossed with the official CRD seal and issued within three working days of notice.

You should not need a certificate of free sale to export plant protection products between countries within the EU.

Details on how to apply are set out below.

Certificates for biocidal products (some of which are sometimes referred to as non-agricultural pesticide products) can be obtained from our Bootle office. Contact details are provided below.

Export only Statements - Plant Protection Products

CRD can provide two ‘export only’ statements to assist in the export process with non EU countries. These statements are listed below and will contain information that has not been verified by CRD.

Export statement - active substance only

Export statement - product not registerered or substance not authorised for use, in UK

Templates are provided below. The certificate allows for additional information to be added such as manufacturing sites, exporter, distributor etc. This information is optional at the request of the exporter, and can only be placed under the section that reads ‘The following information has been supplied by the applicant and has not been verified by the Health and Safety Executive’, as this information cannot be verified. Statements will also carry the official CRD seal and will be issued within three working days of notice. There is no charge for this service.

How to apply

  1. Certificate of freesale - template
  2. Export statement - active substance only
  3. Export statement - product not registerered or substance not authorised for use, in UK

Complete the required information and attach the document to an e-mail to PARM@hse.gov.uk or post your request to Pesticides Delivery Team, Chemicals Regulation Division, Health and Safety Executive, Mallard House, Kings Pool, 3 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PX.

Your request must also include:

Remember to complete all the information you wish to appear on the document, above and below the statement that reads ‘The following information has been supplied by the applicant and has not been verified by the Health and Safety Executive.’

Certificates for non-agricultural pesticide products contact CRD (Bootle Office)

You can appy by email:

or by post to:

Chemicals Regulation Division
Health and Safety Executive
5S.1 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle, L20 7HS

Updated 2017-11-08