Plant protection products
Plant protection products are formulations intended to protect plants and plant products. Within the European regulatory framework, the Agency is in charge of assessing these products, as well as fertilisers and growing media, before their market authorisation by health authorities.
Since June 2011, plant protection preparations are no longer assessed by each Member State, but according to geographical zone (of which there are three in Europe). In France, ANSES is the organisation responsible for conducting a scientific assessment of marketing authorisation applications for crop treatment products. Each year, ANSES examines a total of nearly 2000 dossiers, over 300 of which concern applications for marketing authorisation for a new product, or for the 10-year renewal of an existing product’s authorisation, after review. As of 1 July 2015, ANSES has become the competent authority for issuing marketing authorisations for plant protection products and their adjuvants. Guidelines have been established by the Agency that set out the criteria to be taken into account in the decision-making process for marketing authorisations, based on the results of scientific assessments, and in compliance with the requirements of the European regulations.
Plant protection products are preparations consisting of one or more active substances, which are responsible for the properties of the plant protection product, and of substances called co-formulants, which give the product a form suitable for its application. The assessment of active substances is regulated and carried out otn the European level. Find out how substances are approved and who is involved in this process.
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