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Changes due to Brexit
Your health and safety responsibilities will not change when the UK leaves the EU. This guidance is under review.
We issue guidance for farmers and growers (including forestry) on all aspects of the use of agricultural and horticultural pesticides (Plant Protection Products)
Advice on Using and Storing Pesticides
Information on Pesticide Product Authorisations
Our searchable databases can help you to find information you want on each pesticide product (these links will take you to our Databases area):
- Authorised pesticide products
- Extension of Authorisation for minor use (formerly know as 'SOLAs')
- Agricultural Commodity substances
Farmers and Growers can import pesticides for their own use in this country. We provide information and guidance on the Parallel Imports of Pesticides:
The Long Term Arrangements for Extensions of Use (LTAEU)
The LTAEU were introduced as a temporary measure in the late 1980s to allow pesticides to be used on listed minor crops. Since that time UK pesticide authorisations have gradually been transferring to EU based legislation, where specific authorisations are required for all uses.
The exercise to replace the LTAEU for use on edible crops by converting uses to Specific Off-Label Approvals (SOLAs) (renamed Extensions of Authorisation for Minor Use in June 2011) has been completed. The LTAEU for use on edible crops expired on the 31 December 2006.
The LTAEU guidelines have been amended to take into account the conversion of arrangements for edible crops to "Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use" (previously called SOLAs ).
We have started to replace the non-edible uses in the arrangements.
Codes of Practice
We issue guidance on good practice in the use of pesticides. This is published in various codes of practice:
- Codes of Practice Home Page with links to various documents (including those listed individually below).
- Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products.This Code of Practice is for all professional users of plant protection products in England and Wales in respect of Part III of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 (FEPA) and the regulations controlling pesticides, particularly plant protection products, under that part of the Act.
- Code of Practice for Suppliers of Pesticides to Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry (Yellow Code) (60 pages, 256kb). This Code provides guidance for those involved commercially in the sale, supply and storage for sale of pesticides approved for agricultural use.
Anyone who uses a professional plant protection product in the course of their business or employment may not use that product or give instruction to others on their use unless they have received adequate instruction, training and guidance.
See Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products for further information.
Aerial Spraying Permitting Arrangements - introduced in June 2012
Information is available on this website regarding how aerial spraying of pesticides has been undertaken since June 2012.
Those carrying out aerial spraying operations must now make sure that:
- the spraying is done in line with an approved Application Plan; and
- specific spray operations have been permitted by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD ).
The Application Plan must be completed by aerial spraying operators and submitted to CRD . It must contain details that will allow CRD to approve the Plan and permit any spray operations carried out in line with it. Further information about the Application Plans is available on the following page: Aerial Spraying Permitting Arrangements.
Organic farmers need to take care to follow plant protection product legislation, as well as organic rules when choosing substances to protect crops from pest or diseases.
Further Published Guidance Documents
Local Environmental Risk Assessments for Pesticides (LERAP)
You may be able to reduce the buffer zone specified on the product label, for the protection of water, on certain plant protection products. This may be achieved by carrying out a Local Environment Risk Assessment for Pesticides (LERAP).
There are two schemes, including an extension to the LERAP scheme for horizontal boom sprayers, which are fully described in a number of booklets. You can download them from our website (from link above).
Regulatory Updates provide information on changes to legal requirements for Authorisation Holders, application procedures and the authorisation process, and inclusion of products on the Official List of adjuvants.
Information Updates were previously issued for items which may be of interest such as training courses, workshops and seminars. This type of information is now issued simply as a news item along with Regulatory Updates in Pesticides E-bulletins. Subscribe to Bulletins (choose Pesticides bulletin).
Subscribers to regular pesticides bulletins will be alerted to Regulatory Updates and other news such as information about training events hosted by HSE's CRD.
Other Sources of Information
The Pesticides Forum
Established in 1996, the Pesticides Forum brings together a range of organisations with an interest in the use of pesticides and their impact on the environment. The Forum's remit is to support Government policy on responsible use, which aims for the reduction of impacts on the environment, whilst providing adequate protection for crops.
We have a rigorous system of monitoring in place to ensure that the strict controls over pesticides are adhered to.