Authorisation term for re-registrations of plant protection products under transitional legislation
From the end of July 2017, re-registrations of plant protection products will be valid until the expiration date/renewal date of the first expiring active substance + 1 year. This makes the procedure for determining the expiration date of these authorisations equivalent to that for other authorisations (new or extended).
Until now, authorisations of plant protection products based on re-registration under transitional legislation, as specified in Article 80 of Regulation EU 1107/2009, have been given an authorisation term of 10 years. In practice, however, these authorisations are shorter than this because (according to Articles 32 and 43.5) they expire on the expiration date/renewal date of the active substance + 1 year. This situation has caused some confusion among authorisation holders. It has been unclear whether and/or when they should apply for renewal of the authorisation of the product. It has also been confusing for users when they see that an authorisation term has suddenly been shortened.
For re-registrations under transitional legislation, Ctgb therefore decided to set the expiration date of product authorisations to be equivalent to the expiration date/renewal date of the first expiring active substance + 1 year. This decision will take effect at the end of July 2017. As a result, the procedure for determining the authorisation term will be the same as for all other new or extended authorisations under Articles 33, 40 or 43. This procedure will not affect the actual expiration date of the product authorisation; it simply puts an end to the confusion about this expiration date.