New active substance approval

Active substances to be used for plant protection purposes have to be approved by the European Commission. Only plant protection products based on approved active substances can be authorised in the EU.

Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 lays down harmonised rules for the approval of active substances and the placing on the market of plant protection products in the European Union. This regulation also describes the cooperation of the EU-member states in the assessment process of the active substances.

The process for deciding whether a new active substance can be approved for use in plant protection products in the European Union (EU), involves all Member States, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Commission. Members of the public and other interested parties can also provide comments for consideration in the process, specifically through the public consultation process of EFSA

After an active substance is approved, a national application for registration of a plant protection product containing the active substances can be submitted. Plant protection products have to be authorised on national level.