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Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009: progress on candidates for substitution and comparative assessment

Candidates for substitution – publication delayed

Article 24 of the Regulation provides for approving active substances which fulfil certain criteria, as candidates for substitution. Products containing them must be subjected to comparative assessment in accordance with Article 50 and withdrawn if significantly safer alternatives are available and no significant difficulties would arise.

The Commission was required to publish a list of candidates among already approved substances by 14 December 2013. An initial report prepared for the Commission indicated that around 100 active substances could be designated as candidates. This is significantly more than had been anticipated and could entail a substantial increase in workload and costs of evaluation. Rapporteur Member States are now checking the endpoints for each substance used in that assessment.  The list of candidates is expected to be published around March 2014. CRD has expressed concerns regarding the potential number of substances expected to be included in the final list, whilst at the same time recognising that the criteria for determining candidates leave little room for flexibility.

Comparative assessment – CRD presses for simplified procedures

Work is also in hand to develop guidance on conducting comparative assessments of candidates for substitution. CRD is pressing for simplified procedures, to keep the work involved to the minimum commensurate with the requirements of the Regulation. The Commission is likely to propose the guidance for noting in March 2014, but is expected to allow a lead-in period of around six months for applicants and member States to familiarise themselves with it before it must be applied.

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Published 24th January 2014
Categories Agrochemicals, Legislation
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