New EU Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR)

Date: 28 June 2019

The new EU regulation on the framework for the bringing onto the market of organic and inorganic fertilisers, liming materials, soil improvers, growing media, inhibitors and biostimulants, the Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR) 2019/1009, was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 25 June 2019.
FPR establishes a completely new, harmonised framework which will allow for bringing onto the market not only inorganic fertilisers, as the previous Regulation 2003/2003, but also organic fertiliser products and biostimulants. After many years of discussions and negotiations, EU now has a legally binding definition for biostimulants available, i.e. “plant biostimulant means a product stimulating plant nutrition processes independently of the product’s nutrient content with the sole aim of improving one or more of the following characteristics of the plant or the plant rhizosphere: (a) nutrient use efficiency; (b) tolerance to abiotic stress; (c) quality traits; (d) availability of confined nutrients in soil or rhizosphere.”
Based on this definition, respective amendments to Regulation 1107/2009 are also already established to distinguish between biostimulant and plant protection uses. If this regulatory approach will be sufficient for the many borderline cases between abiotic and biotic plant stress especially for biological substances remains to be seen.
The FPR will enter into force on 15 July 2019 and shall fully apply from 16 July 2022.

Europe’s political and legislative framework on pesticides – slow move towards sustainability

Date: 24 June 2019

Regulations within the EU have focused on chemical pesticides and the move towards sustainable and low-risk solutions has been at a slow pace. Dr Lars Huber, SCC's Head of Biorationals, Fertilisers and IPM, traces in his article for Agrow's Biologicals 2019 the evolution of EU regulations and the gradual move towards sustainability. Read the article

CRD issues new efficacy guideline for UK pests in cereals and maize

Date: 5 June 2019

CRD Efficacy is developing a series of crop specific guidelines, including information on agronomy, relevant UK pests and how to support UK authorisations and label claims. In this context CRD has revised the Efficacy guidelines 405 (Data Requirements for oilseed rape and Brassica Pests, Diseases and Weed) and 406 (Data Requirements for Turf Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticides and plant Growth Regulators) and issued a new guideline: “Efficy Guideline 407: UK Pests of Cereals and Maize, including number of fully supportive trials required to demonstrate effectiveness”.  Whereas in the revised guidelines the reclassification of some pests concerning their importance (major and minor) is of most interest, the new guidance for cereals and maize provides useful additional information for applicants of plant protection products in the UK. It is very useful that in the new guidance documents the pest species now are also presented with their EPPO codes and scientific names.

If you need assistance when planning trial programs for conventional products or biopesticides in the UK, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., head of the efficacy group at SCC.

New efficacy working document summarising UK major pests, diseases and weeds

Date: 5 June 2019

The first version of the working document “CRD Efficacy Working Document Summarising UK Major ‘Pests’ (Diseases, Pests and Weeds) on a Range of UK Crops“ provides a summary of the range of ‘major’ UK insect pests, diseases, slugs and weeds for the following crops: sugar beet, onion and leek, carrot, grassland, pea, field bean, strawberry, apple and pear. It also gives some indication of the required number of fully supportive effectiveness trials (whereas crop safety is not specifically addressed). This working document is part of a series of crop specific guidance under development, or already available to be used in trial planning, providing reasoned cases for the relevance of data in supporting UK uses and drafting appropriate UK labels.

If you need assistance when planning trial programs for conventional products or biopesticides in the UK, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., head of the efficacy group at SCC.

New CRD Efficacy Crop Guide: Potato

Date: 5 June 2019

The new guide on the “Interpretation of efficacy data requirements for the authorisation of a plant protection product in potato (SOLTU) in the UK” helps applicants in interpreting current efficacy data requirements and relevant EPPO standards. It also provides information on UK agronomy, relevant UK targets and trial numbers, if seeking for a UK-only authorisation of outdoor applied products in potato. Post-harvest treatments are not covered.
The document contains UK specific details on potato production, such as information concerning planting and harvesting timings and crop rotation. Furthermore, it provides valuable information regarding the potato market, planted areas and varieties in the UK. Very useful is also the detailed description of major and minor UK pests (insects, nematodes, slugs), diseases and weeds, the number of required trials and extrapolation principles.

If you need assistance when planning trial programs for conventional products or biopesticides in the UK, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., head of the efficacy group at SCC.