Restrictions on the use of plant protection products (SMR 10)
Date published: 11 January, 2018
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The aim of these rules is to ensure that plant protection products* are used correctly and to minimise their risk to humans, animals and the environment.
1. Use the authorised or permitted plant protection product in accordance with any requirements or conditions of the authorisation, permit or in any extension of use
- products must be authorised or permitted for use on the crop, land or situation
- products must be authorised for method of application
- observe application dates/harvest intervals
- follow the maximum dose/concentration
- follow the maximum number of applications
2. Comply with label conditions for the authorised or permitted plant protection product, for example:
- safe storage (e.g. keep out of reach of children, in original containers, protected from frost and stored to prevent environmental contamination)
- safe disposal (e.g. empty containers disposed of safely and containers not reused)
- operator safety (e.g. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available for use when handling concentrate)
- general warnings (e.g. extreme care should be taken to avoid spray drift)
There are record-keeping requirements for plant protection products. These fall within the Cross Compliance rules for SMR 4 – Food and feed law.
You must not:
1. use any plant protection product unless it is authorised or has a valid parallel trade permit
*Explanation of terms
Plant Protection Products are ‘pesticides’ that protect crops.
A ‘pesticide’ is something that prevents, destroys, or controls a harmful organism (‘pest’) or disease, or protects plants or plant products.
The term includes, amongst others: herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, acaricides, nematicides, molluscicides, rodenticides, growth regulators, repellents, rodenticides and biocides.
A more detailed definition can be found via the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/pesticides_en
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