National laws and regulations
In the Netherlands, laws and regulations have been developed for plant protection products and biocidal products at various levels.
Plant protection products and biocidal products Act (Wgb)
The Plant protection products and biocidal products Act – Dutch abbreviation Wgb ('Wet gewasbeschermingsmiddelen en biociden' – in Dutch) is the national legislation which came into being through the official procedure (approval of a government bill by the lower and upper houses of parliament, the so-called formal legislator). The text is more general than the underlying regulations.
Plant protection products and biocidal products Decree (Bgb)
Decrees are decisions of a public body. This decision may be a generally binding set of rules, such as the Plant protection products and biocidal products Decree – Dutch abbreviation Bgb ('Besluit gewasbeschermingsmiddelen en biociden'– in Dutch), but it can also be a different type of decision, such as a decision on an application. As a generally binding set of rules, the Decree is lower in the hierarchy than the Act, and often provides rules for detailing and implementing the Act. The Decree is easier to change than the Act, which enables rapid adaptation to changing circumstances or insights.
Plant protection products and biocidal products Regulation (Rgb)
The Plant protection products and biocidal products Regulation – Dutch abbreviation Rgb ('Regeling gewasbescherming en biociden' – in Dutch) is a generally binding regulation from a public body, other than the formal legislator. The Regulation is lower in the hierarchy than the generally binding Decree, and often makes provisions for the practical implementation of the Decree and Act. A Regulation is easier to change than a generally applicable Decree or an Act.
General Administrative Law (Awb)
The Ctgb is a public body. This is why the General Administrative Law – Dutch abbreviation Awb ('Algemene Wet Bestuursrecht' – in Dutch) is also important. This is a law in the Netherlands that contains general provisions governing the relationship between public bodies and individual citizens and businesses.