Active substance renewals: pesticides

HSE is currently working with Defra, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government to develop an independent GB programme for renewal of pesticide active substance approvals. This page will be updated once that programme is agreed.

In Northern Ireland, European Union (EU) decisions that relate to the renewal of pesticide active substance approvals continue to apply directly.

If supporting active substances through the renewal process, your obligations relating to renewal under retained Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 continue to apply. To maintain support for your substance in GB, you must apply to renew its approval 3 years before it expires.

The application should be emailed to [email protected] in the format given in the annex of the retained regulation (EU) No 844/2012.

You should submit alongside the application:

  • a cover letter stating intention to support
  • details of the GB representative uses
  • details of any task forces  

33 months before the approval expires, you must also submit a supplementary dossier. At this point HSE will charge you a sift fee.

If these steps are not completed for a substance, its approval will not be extended beyond its expiration date, and it will not be eligible for renewal in GB.

You will be contacted if you later need to supply further information to support your substance. HSE will also inform you of the fees for your renewal assessment. Once you have received this information you may choose not to proceed with your renewal application. If a substance in GB is not supported, then its approval will expire and HSE will determine a period for withdrawing products which contain it.

Current expiry dates for GB pesticide active substances

Pesticide active substances that are approved for use in plant protection products in GB can be found in the GB pesticides approvals register. The register includes the expiry dates for the approvals and other details.

Requirements for Supplementary Dossiers

The requirements for your supplementary dossier are given in retained regulation (EU) No 844/2012 and should include:

  • a copy of the application sent previously to HSE
  • a cover letter confirming your intention to support renewal of approval in GB that includes invoicing details for the sift fee

HSE will accept a copy of the dossier provided to support the substance in the EU so long as this contains details of a representative product and uses that are relevant to GB. If the EU product and uses are not relevant to GB, your cover letter should give details of the representative GB product and uses that will be supported.

Once GB renewal requirements are agreed, prior to beginning assessment, HSE may require that you update your supplementary dossier. Where this is the case HSE will contact you and agree a reasonable period for re-submission.

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Updated 2023-10-03