Many crops are grown on a small scale. In the Netherlands we refer to plant protection products used for such crops as ‘minor uses’ if the production area of the crop falls within certain limits. However, a ‘minor use’ can also refer to the incidental use of a plant protection product on a crop growing on an unusual type of soil or to control an unusual pest or disease on a larger scale crop. Each EU Member State has different criteria for minor uses.
How do you know if you are dealing with a minor use?
For minor uses in the Netherlands, the Ctgb has developed a list with a reading guide (in Dutch only). Regarding ‘incidental use’ on a large-scale crop, the Minor Uses Desk of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) can provide advice. For a summary of minor uses in other EU Member States, see National Minor Crops / Uses in the European Minor Uses Database (EUMUDA).
The definition of ‘minor’ is locally bounded. The regulation 1107/2009 defines ‘minor use’ as the use of a plant protection product in a particular Member State on plants or plant products which are
a) not widely grown in that Member State; or
b) widely grown, to meet an exceptional plant protection need.
Each Member State applies different criteria to define minor uses. In the Netherlands we refer to crops as ‘minor uses’ if:
- the production area of the crop falls within certain nationally defined limits or
- in case of a larger scale crop, if the use refers to the incidental use of a plant protection product on a crop growing on an unusual type of soil or to control an unusual pest or disease.
The legal basis
The application for extension with minor uses finds its legal basis in article 51 of the PPPR 1107/2009
Extension of a product authorisation with minor uses can be realised via different routes:
Do you want to use the product solely in the Netherlands?
Use 'How to apply' to find out which option is usefull to you, or go directly to:
Developments in legislative framework and processes for authorisation of minor uses are addressed at the Minor Uses Coördination Facility established by the European Commission.