Guidance on dataprotection
The Guidance on data Protectionprovides Member States and applicants with guidance on the
procedures and policies surrounding various elements of data protection, as related to plant
protection products legislation.
This guideline is intended to help Member States apply the rules in a consistent way, and for applicants to
understand those rules. It does not intend to produce legally binding effects. Nor does it constitute
an official position of the European Commission. This document covers 2 main areas:
- Section 1 - explaining the periods of protection applied to studies under different
circumstances – the ‘why, when and how long’,
- Section 2 - clarification of the special procedures and provisions that apply to vertebrate
The Guidance on dataprotection can be found on the EU website in the menu Procedural Guidances.