Labelling Handbook Contents
The UK has left the EU, new rules from January 2021
The transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.
The ‘Labelling Handbook (Version 2- An Applicant’s Guide to Labelling Requirements for Plant Protection Products)’ provides comprehensive up-to-date guidance on UK labelling requirements for professional, amateur and experimental plant protection products (PPPs).
It replaces the previous Labelling Handbook originally published in 2002. There are no new requirements, but it consolidates, and where necessary clarifies, all the information and guidance in the original Handbook and subsequent Regulatory and Information Updates.
The new Handbook will be updated accordingly whenever new labelling requirements or guidance are issued.
Labelling Handbook Sections
The Labelling Handbook (Version 2) is available in 4 parts as follows:
- Volume 1- Requirements for all Product Labels (pdf , 249 KB, 37 pages)
- Volume 2- Requirements for Professional Product Labels (pdf , 366 KB, 74 pages)
- Volume 3- Requirements for Amateur Product Labels. (pdf ,185 KB, 24 pages)
- Volume 4- Requirements for Labels of Products used under Permits for Trial Purposes. (pdf., pages (pdf, 81 KB, 7 pages)
Applicants for authorisation must use Volume 1 plus one of Volumes 2 to 4 as appropriate (depending on the type of product they are labelling) when producing a draft label for submission to CRD and producing the final printed label after authorisation.
The new Handbook can be used with immediate effect. References and links to the Handbook in our authorisation and other documents now apply to this revised version.
Classification labelling under other legislation
This guidance is without prejudice to labelling requirements of other legislation ie The Dangerous Preparations Directive (99/45/EC)/CHIP4 Regulations which will be fully replaced by the EC Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures EC 1272/2008 (the CLP regulation) on 1st June 2015. However, the Handbook does provide guidance on incorporating the requirements of that legislation on product labels. Further information on CHIP4 and CLP is in the following Regulatory Updates:
- Further information on CHIP4 and CLP is in Regulatory Update 18/2009 and HSE CHIP website pages.
- Regulatory Update 03/2013 and 22/2013 along with the linked The CHIP and CLP Guidance Document provide advice on the transition from labelling under CHIP to under the CLP Regulation.
Any comments on the structure or contents of the Labelling Handbook, or any suggestions for improvement please contact us.
Additional information on labelling issues was included in the following Regulatory Updates which can be accessed from the National Archive.
- 21/2006 - Using Non-Toxic Slug Traps When Assessing Slug Activity and the Risk of Damage in Winter Wheat and Oilseed Rape
- 03/2010 -Changes to Labelling and Other Requirements for Home and Garden Pesticides (2) (note: This Regulatory Update replaced 30/2009)
- 25/2010 -Changes to Labelling for Certain Home and Garden Pesticides Containing Ferric Phosphate
- 28/2010-New Procedures for Label Checking
- 05/2011-Regulatory Update: Clopyralid - label amendments for amateur products
- 42/2011- Application of the HardSPEC Assumptions from the Regulatory Risk Assessment on Non-Porous Hard Surfaces
- 30/2012 - Changes to the default label phrase and respiratory protective equipment (RPE) requirements for Plant Protection Products containing micro-organisms
- 19/2013 - Amateur Products - Change of Disposal Safety Phrase
- 08/2014 - Amateur Products – Change of Disposal Safety Phrase – Amendment Notice