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Crop Protection Update for Legumes - November 2018


The EU Commission has come to the decision to withdraw the approval of diquat based on concerns related to the exposure of bystanders and residents, as well as birds.
Following the Appeal Committee meeting on 12 July 2018, in which no opinion was reached regarding the proposal from the European Commission to withdraw the approval of diquat, The European Commission has decided to implement its proposal not to renew the approval of diquat in the EU. 

The European Commission has proposed that diquat is withdrawn from the market by 4 May 2019, with a use-up period for growers up to 4 February 2020.
However, the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) of the Health and Safety Executive is yet to set out specific sell-out and use-up periods for UK growers. 
As soon as we receive this information we will let you know.


On July 12, 2018, the Appeals Committee voted on the draft concerning the non-renewal of thiram active substance, the Committee did not deliver an opinion. The Commission has now decided to adopt the measure for non-renewal without change    



Regulatory Action

October 9 2018

Publication of non-renewal of thiram active substance.

October 10 2018

Publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

November 01 2018

Entry in to force of the non-renewal regulation.

January 30 2019*

Maximum deadline for Member States to withdraw national authorisations of thiram containing products.

January 30 2020*

Member states granting a grace period (for seed treatment application and sowing of the treated seeds) must ensure it is as short as possible and expires by this date.

January 31 2020*

EU prohibition of placing on the market treated seeds.  Seeds treated with thiram containing products shall not be used or placed on the market.

We can confirm the sell-out periods and usage deadlines have been officially issued on the CRD website and concur with the above:

>  January 30, 2019 for the sale and distribution for all thiram-containing products.

>  January 30, 2020 for the disposal, storage and use of existing stocks.
Seed treated with thiram must therefore be planted by January 30, 2020.