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Import, supply and sale - Getting approval for pesticides and biocides

Import, supply and sale of pesticides - get approval

Pesticides and biocides must be approved before you can import, use, sell, store, supply or advertise them. Pesticides and biocides are approved depending on the product's use.

Biocidal products are approved by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD). This covers products including:

  • disinfectants
  • insecticides
  • fungicides
  • preservatives
  • other products used for food storage and public hygiene.

HSE: Biocides and pesticides

Plant protection products (PPP) are also approved and regulated by the CRD. This covers products including:

  • insecticides
  • fungicides
  • molluscicides (snail and slug pellets)
  • rodent control
  • other products used for agriculture, horticulture, gardening and landscaping, and other amenity and industrial uses.

The registration of PPPs is harmonised throughout the European Union (EU).

EUROPA: Placing plant protection products on the market

The PPP authorisation process in the EU is changing. The Plant Protection Product Regulations 2011 introduce a new zonal system for authorising PPPs. They also introduce hazard based criteria, assessment of cumulative and synergistic effects, comparative assessment and endocrine disruption on plants.

CRD: Regulation of plant protection products in Europe

Human medicinal products are approved and regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This covers products used on humans such as anti-headlice treatments and some skin disinfectants.

MHRA: The approval of human medicinal products

Veterinary medicines are approved and regulated by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). This covers products used on animals such as sheep dip, worming and flea treatments.

VMD: regulation of veterinary medicines

Further information

CRD: PPP applicant guide explaining zonal authorisations

In this Guideline

What are pesticides and biocides and who uses them?

Supplying pesticides and biocides

Approved pesticide and biocide products and qualifications

Controls on applying pesticides and biocides

Applying pesticides and biocides

Good practice for using pesticides and biocides

Import, supply and sale - Getting approval for pesticides and biocides

Disposing of pesticides and biocides

Dealing with pesticide and biocide spills

Further information on pesticides and biocides

Pesticides and biocides environmental legislation

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