When authorisations for plant protection products and biocides are not renewed or are amended or withdrawn, the holder of an authorisation can submit a request for granting a grace period (delivery and run-down period).

Under specific conditions the Board can grant a grace period for an authorisation that is not renewed, or that is amended or withdrawn. The grace period is intended to provide time for the sector to become accustomed to the absence of a particular product on the market. These periods give the authorisation holder time to inform other stakeholders so that the sector can look for alternative products, and so that any remaining stocks can be used.

The length of the grace period is determined by the risk of the product to humans, animals or the environment.

  • For plant protection products the maximum duration of a the grace period is 6 months for delivery and an additional 12 months for a run-down period.
  • For biocidal products the maximum duration of a the grace period is 6 months for delivery and an additional 6 months for a run-down period.