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 Scotland. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.
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.
Make provision for fees payable by duty-holders under the Biocides Regulations
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.
Bans placing biocidal products (or a new substance for use in a product) on the market without authorisation.
Amends 2001/880 to extend to 14 May 2014 the end date for transitional provisions allowing existing products to remain on the market and subject to UK legislation while their active substances are reviewed for safety.
Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 1510 (not available online)
Sets out restrictions on selling, supplying or storing pesticides and precautions to protect the health of humans, the environment, and particularly water, when using pesticides.
Amends 1986/1510, explaining what the regulations cover, how to seize and dispose of pesticides and inform the public.
Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 48 (not available online)
Provides a legal framework for controlling pesticides.
Amends the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 regarding powers to make pesticides regulations and enforcement of pesticide control measures.
Plant Health Act 1967 (not available online)
Sets out how to regulate and deal with pests and diseases destructive to agricultural and horticultural crops, and procedures for introducing non-native pests.
Specifies controls on marketing, advertising, storing and using plant protection products.
Sets out the approval system for placing plant protection products on the market in Scotland including enforcement, offences and penalties.
Amends 2005/331 by substituting a new schedule of active substances.
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.
Lists types of illegal pesticide ingredients under Wildlife law in Scotland.
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.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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