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Legal procedures in the field of plant protection

As the national authority for the health risk assessment for humans and animals, BfR is involved in the following procedures in the area of plant protection:

At European level (active substance procedures)

  • Approval of active substances in plant protection products
  • Definition of maximum residue levels

At national level (procedures for plant protection products)

  • Authorisation procedure for plant protection products (zonal, national and mutual recognition)
  • Approval of additional applications of authorised plant protection products
  • Listing of additives

The legal basis of these procedures is provided by Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, which lays down binding framework conditions for the approval and authorisation procedures for all member states, and by Regulation (EC) No. 396/2005, which governs the stipulation of maximum residue levels.

In the member states, Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009 is implemented via national laws in which more precise stipulations are made on the national level - in Germany, this takes the form of the German Plant Protection Act (PflSchG) amended in 2012.

You can find more information on the structure and objectives of the procedures in the BfR background text entitled "Legal procedures in the field of plant protection PDF-File (136.7 KB)".

Further information on the legal foundations page

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Background Information

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14.09.2015
BfR Background Information No. 029/2015
Legal procedures in the field of plant protection 136.7 KB
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Press releases

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06.05.2019
14/2019
BfR grants electronic access to files for first time glyphosate, risk communication
08.02.2018
06/2018
BfR welcomes efforts to improve pesticide legislation glyphosate, plant protection products

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Communication

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22.06.2021
Communication No 019/2021 from the BfR
Glyphosate: Assessment report open for public comment in September 122.4 KB
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01.02.2021
Communication No 002/2021 from the BfR
Glyphosate - what comes next and where can I have my say? 160.4 KB
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05.08.2020
Communication No 036/2020 from the BfR
Is the state a scientist? Cologne Regional Court confirms BfR's copyright protection for scientific work - BfR obtains injunctive relief 130.9 KB
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11.02.2020
BfR Communication No 010/2020
Animal welfare provisions and good laboratory practice: German federal states ("Länder") investigate possible breaches by an animal experiment laboratory 129.2 KB
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08.08.2019
BfR Communication No 031/2019
The insecticide Chlorpyrifos does not fulfil the criteria for renewal of approval: BfR shares the scientific assessment of EFSA 27.9 KB
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07.06.2019
BfR Communication No 021/2019
No cancer risks concealed: All professional conclusions reached by the BfR have been publicly accessible for years 170.6 KB
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20.03.2019
BfR communication No 006/2019
More openness and transparency in the assessment of the active substances con-tained in plant protection products - on the basis of valid law 33.5 KB
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14.01.2019
BfR communication No 002/2019
Independence and quality assurance of the European glyphosate assessment 46.2 KB
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28.05.2018
BfR Communication No 013/2018
Special committee on the EU procedure for approval of active substances in plant protection products: BfR statements can be accessed online 29.4 KB
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