Registration of plant growth regulators, plant strengtheners, soil conditioners, biostimulants and fertilisers

The entry into force of Commission Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 and Directive 2009/128 has led to the revision of national plant protection laws in all European Member States. This is of special interest with regard to plant protection since, in several member states, special provisions exist with respect to substances and products used in agriculture, such as growth regulators, soil conditioners, biostimulants, plant strengtheners, fertilisers, etc. There are currently several efforts from industry and the authorities to incorporate some of these substances or products into the European (EC type fertiliser, EC fertiliser) and national fertiliser regulation.

For national registrations of fertilisers in general, Regulation 764/2008 applies. Once a product has been legally placed on the market in one Member State, registration in another member state using the mutual recognition principle according to Regulation 764/2008 may be difficult due to different definitions of the specific substance. Additionally, national requirements regarding risks to the environment and human health have to be considered in applying mutual recognition.