Register work involving pesticides

If your work involves plant protection products (PPPs), often referred to as pesticides, you must comply with the Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020.

This includes registering with the competent authority. In England this is the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). Defra will also collect this information on behalf of Scottish and Welsh Governments.

Your registration is the way that the competent authority knows you have complied with the regulations. 

Who needs to register

If your business produces, manufactures, processes, imports, distributes, sells, toll manufactures or otherwise places pesticides or components  on the market, you must register by 22 September 2021.

If you start carrying out any of these activities after 22 September you must register within 3 months.

If you’re a professional user of pesticides such as a farmer or if you spray pesticides at your workplace you do not need to register now, but you will need to follow a similar process in future. More information will be provided over the coming months.

Who does not need to register

You do not need to register if:

How to register

To submit your registration to Defra, download the registration form from the GOV.UK website.


The EU Official Controls Regulation (OCR) came into force within the European Union on 14 December 2019 and has been retained in UK law under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

The OCR addresses official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and for the first time incorporates controls on plant protection products (PPPs). The Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020 (the 2020 Regulations) apply to the whole of Great Britain and supplement existing regulations that govern the sale and use of PPPs.

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