Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of Pesticides and Biocides environmental legislation that may affect your business in Northern Ireland. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.
Recently added legislation can be found at the foot of the page.
If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.
A direct acting EU regulation. It lays down rules for the authorisation of biocidal products relating to the making available on the market, use and control of such products within the EU.
A direct acting EU regulation which came into force in 2009. It adopts an international chemicals hazard classification and labelling system for the supply of substances and mixtures in the EU. It replaces the existing European System and after a transitional period takes full effect from 1 June 2015.
Appoints competent authorities and provides for enforcement, including penalties for infringement, in respect of two direct-acting EU Regulations, namely Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products and Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
Make provision for fees payable by duty-holders under the Biocides Regulations.
Applications for biocidal product authorisations submitted before 1st September 2013 shall be evaluated in accordance with these regulations (see above). Following evaluation, if a decision is proposed to authorise or refuse to authorise a biocidal product that decision will be taken in accordance with the Biocides Regulation EU 528/2012
Control of Pesticides Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987 SR 414 (not available online)
Defines which pesticides are controlled (amended by later legislation), and require full approval and consent from DARDNI, before they may be advertised, sold, supplied, stored, or used.
Amends 1987/414 to clarify the scope, exclusions from the approval process and extend access to information about approvals.
Amends the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 regarding powers to make pesticides regulations and enforcement of pesticide control measures.
Amends 2006/82 to introduce emergency measures to prevent the introduction and spread of a fungus called Chalara fraxinea T. Kowalski, including its teleomorph Hymenoscyohus pseudoalbidus, a cause of ash dieback.
Revokes and amends the Plant Health Order (Northern Ireland) 1993. NImplements protective measures for introducing and preventing the spread of organisms harmful to plants or plant products to Northern Ireland.
Amends 2006/82 to clarify that when plants in transit between two countries pass through a third country where they could have been infected or contaminated by pests, a new psytosanitory certificate must be issued by the transit country.
Amends 2006/82 to implement protective measures against introducing organisms harmful to plants or plant products and prevent their spread.
Implements emergency phytosanitary measures to prevent the introduction and spread of Phytophthora ramorum.
Plant Protection Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 SR 371
Controls the sale and supply of plant protection products, mainly agricultural pesticides. Makes it an offence to use or distribute a non-approved pesticide.
Specifies controls on marketing, advertising, storing and using plant protection products in Northern Ireland.
Amends 2005/526 to add 11 more active substances that can be used in plant protection products in Northern Ireland.
Lays down enforcement powers and penalties for infringements of EU Plant Protection Product Authorisations Regulation 1107/2009/EC, which concerns the placing of plant protection products on the market.
Amend the Plant Protection Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 by a few minor technical amendments.
Sets out requirements, among others: for supervision or certificate for users in the professional use of PPPs; for distributors to have sufficient staff with certificates; for reasonable precautions in storage, handling and use of PPP.
Makes it an offence to interfere with certain species of wild animals and plants, with certain exceptions, which require a licence. Specifies open and closed periods for hunting of limited species, with special protection for deer.
A new framework for tackling waste has been unveiled by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), focussing on how SEPA will support a circular economy in Scotland.
One Planet Prosperity – A Waste to Resources Framework
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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