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We answer many questions on all aspects of pesticides and registration. Answers to frequently asked questions are available on this website. Further information is available via the link below and from the right hand column of each page under "FAQs".
Latest Regulatory and Information Updates
- Revocation of Agrotech Chlorthalonil (M13176)
19 May 2010: Approval for the sale, supply, use and advertisement of Agrotech Chlorthalonil 500SC (MAPP 13176) has been revoked with immediate effect. Any remaining stocks of this product should not be used. Unused containers of product should be returned to your supplier as soon as possible. Pending return product may continue to be stored until 31 July 2010.
- Regulatory Update - Revocation procedures and Marketing Companies
19 May 2010: This Regulatory Update clarifies the status of Marketing Companies with regard to CRD’s phased revocation procedures.
- General Registration Procedures Workshop – Tuesday 15th June, 2010
13 May 2010: Due to demand CRD will be holding a further one-day workshop providing a general introduction to UK Registration Procedures for Plant Protection Products. The workshop will be targeted towards those new to pesticide regulation including small businesses. The workshop will be held at CRD in York on Tuesday 15 June, 2010
- CRD Statement Regarding Existing Stocks of Indian Grapes Containing Residues of Chlormequat
30 April 2010: CRD has taken exceptional limited action to allow marketing of grapes already in the UK supply and retail chain provided the residue levels are below the acute threshold of 1.06 mg/kg calculated by EFSA. 6 May 2010: note added to clarify that this applies only to stocks that had cleared UK customs as at 30 April 2010.
- Norfolk potato grower admits use of illegal pesticide
29 April 2010: On 20 April 2010 at Ely Magistrates Court, following proceedings taken by the Health and Safety Executive, Mr Thomas John Mott was fined £2,250 and ordered to pay a further £5,000 in costs after pleading guilty to two counts of storing and using an unapproved pesticide.
- Clarification regarding products approved for use on conservation crops
27 April 2010: This Information Update clarifies the definition of crops grown for conservation purposes under CRD's Crop Hierarchy
- EFSA Guidance on the Risk Assessment for Birds and Mammals in the UK
22 April 2010: This Regulatory Update advises which Birds and Mammals guidance documents should be used for risk assessments for each type of submission to CRD after 1 July 2010.
- Honeybee Toxicity Studies statement
13 April 2010: This Regulatory Update is a statement from CRD regarding the submission of toxicity data on honey bees in accordance with accepted guidance.
- Potential and Agreed Changes to MRLs
22nd April 2010: Our page regarding proposals for MRLs (under discussion or pending publication) and published regulations has been updated.
- Open Event 2010
4 March 2010: The 2010 Pesticide Residues Committee open event will be in Cardiff on Wednesday 19 May 2010.
- Minimising Impacts
16 March 2010: This page, which explains about CRD's policy intiatives to reduce the environmental impacts of pesticides, has been updated to include a report on UK Pesticide Practices.
- Prior Informed Consent
3 December 2009: The HSE website pages regarding Prior Informed Consent for the export and import of dangerous chemicals have been re-designed and updated (December 2009)
- FAQ on Regulation 396/2005
24 November 2009: We have now updated the page giving guidance on MRLs to include a link to a FAQ on Regulation 396/2005.
- Efficacy Guidelines
27 October 2009: Draft Efficacy guideline - Further to SANCO/221/2000-rev.10, issued 25 February 2003, CRD propose further advice on the efficacy aspects of determining relevant groundwater metabolites in the draft document Groundwater metabolites - guidance on efficacy aspects. Draft issued 1 October 2009. Comments from interested parties are invited on this draft proposal. Comments are also invited on Draft Efficacy guideline 617 - Re-registration of triazole uses in cereals: fungicide resistance issues, issued 9 July 2009.