Chemicals directorate liaises on European regulation

The Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) is liaising with industry representatives in advance of a consultation on implementation of the European Sustainable Use Directive.

The CRD — formerly the Pesticides Safety Directorate — is formulating a consultation document that will be released in December. It follows formal adoption of the directive, and the regulation on the Placing of Plant Protection Products on the Market, by the EU Council of Ministers on 24 September.

CRD environmental policy adviser Grant Stark told HW the idea was to explore the range of ways in which the directive could be implemented in UK law.

The consultation is likely to end in early February 2010, with the legislation formally placed into UK law by the end of 2011.

Crop Protection Association amenity group secretary Richard Minton said: "A number of requirements that are covered by the new legislation are already in place in the UK."

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