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(Edition Number 8: CB20-8)

Spotlight Plus has been given emergency approval for use.

Only as a desiccant on SEED CROPS of peas, field beans, lupins and lentils. Restrictions apply!

The approval is copied below:


Emergency Authorisation Number: 1839 of 2020


Product name:                            Spotlight Plus
Active ingredient:                       60 g / l carfentrazone-ethyl
MAPP number:                           18698
Product authorisation holder:   FMC Agro Limited (Registered Company no. 01973941)
Marketing company:                  FMC Agro Limited

This Emergency authorisation, for the specific use set out in this notice, ends:     

  • 23 September 2020 for placing on the market and use
  • 23 September 2020 for storage and disposal of stocks

If the authorisation of the above product is withdrawn or amended before the end date above, this Emergency authorisation will end on the same date as the authorisation for the product. This Emergency authorisation will be withdrawn or amended before its end date if a decision is taken to withdraw or amend this Emergency authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 on any other grounds,

This and the attached Appendices 1 and 2 are signed by the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) for and on behalf of the Secretary of State, the Welsh Ministers, the Scottish Ministers and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland.

Date of issue:  31 July 2020


  1. This is Emergency authorisation number 1839 of 2020.
  2. This Emergency authorisation will be published on the website of the Chemicals Regulation Division of the HSE.
  3. Application reference number: COP 2020/00747
  4. Persons using the product to which this Emergency authorisation applies should acquaint themselves with and observe all requirements contained in the Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, including the duty on the holder of any Emergency authorisation to notify information on potentially dangerous effects, a contravention of which is a criminal offence under those Regulations.
  5. Neither the efficacy nor the phytotoxicity of the product for which this Emergency authorisation has been granted has been assessed and, as such, the user bears the risk in respect of failures concerning its efficacy and phytotoxicity.


IMPORTANT: When applying this product under the terms of this Emergency authorisation, comply with any resistance guidance or restrictions stated on the product label.

Total reliance on one pesticide will hasten the development of resistance. Pesticides of different chemical types or alternative control measures should be included in the planned programme. Alternating with different modes of action is a recognised anti-resistance strategy.

This Emergency authorisation relates to the use of ‘Spotlight Plus’ (MAPP 18698) as a desiccant for the use on outdoor crops of field bean, combining pea, vining pea, edible podded pea, broad bean, lupin and lentil grown for seed production only. Application is to be made once via a conventional hydraulic horizontal boom sprayer fitted with three star drift reduction technology in 300 to 450 L water per hectare.

The Emergency Authorisation will expire on 23 September 2020 and will not be renewed unless the following information is submitted: 

  1. Further information on how:
  • crops are to be identified for treatment,
  • use is to be limited and controlled.
  1. Evidence of the proposed stewardship submitted on 1 June 2020 i.e. information given to users, ensuring 70% of crops only area treated, users following the restrictions, none of the treated crop being fed to livestock or human, etc.
  2. Monitoring data to show where, in what areas or counties of the UK, the product has been used, the product has only been used on 70% of the pulse and legume crops grown for seed production, number of hectares treated in each area and on what basis the decision was made to spray.
  3. Due to the major data gaps identified in the ecotoxicological data package: data and revised risk assessments.



The conditions below are obligatory.  They must be complied with when the Emergency authorisation occurs.  Failure to comply with the following conditions will result in the withdrawal or amendment of the Emergency authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and may result in other enforcement action, including prosecution.  For the purposes of this Emergency authorisation only, the conditions and/or requirements shown below supersede any corresponding conditions and/or requirements set out on the label or otherwise provided for under the product authorisation which would otherwise apply.


Field of use:        ONLY AS A DESICCANT

User:                  Professional



Maximum individual dose: (litres product / ha)

Maximum total dose:

Maximum number of treatments: (per year)

Latest time of application:

Outdoor crops of broad bean (seed crop), combining pea (seed crop), edible podded pea (seed crop), field bean, lentil-dry (seed crop), lupin (seed crop), vining pea (seed crop)




When pods are fully ripe (BBCH 89) and 23 September in the year of treatment


The following Aquatic Buffer Zones must be observed:


Aquatic buffer zone distance (metres):


Outdoor seed crops of Broad bean, combining pea, edible podded pea, field bean, lentil, lupin, vining pea


see Environmental Protection Phrases 1 and 2



Operator Protection:

  1. Engineering control of operator exposure must be used where reasonably practicable in addition to the following personal protective equipment:

Operators must wear suitable protective clothing (coveralls) and suitable protective gloves when handling the concentrate. 

  1. However, engineering controls may replace personal protective equipment if a COSHH assessment shows that they provide an equal or higher standard of protection.

 Environmental protection:

1)    Horizontal boom sprayers must be fitted with three star drift reduction technology for all uses. 

2)    Crops/situations with >5m buffer zone:

 Since there is a risk to aquatic life from use, direct spray from horizontal boom sprayers must not be allowed to fall within  the distance specified for the crop of the top of the bank of any static or flowing waterbody or within 1m of the top of a ditch which is dry at the time of application.

Spray must be aimed away from water.

3)    Buffer zones must be measured in accordance with the guidance set out in the HSE Chemicals Regulation Division’s website and any amendments made to it.

4)    The results of the LERAP must be recorded in written form and must be available for a period of three years for inspection to any person entitled to exercise enforcement powers under or in connection with the Plant Protection Products Regulations 2011 or the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012. (An electronic record will satisfy the requirement for a written record, providing it is similarly available for inspection and can be copied).

5)    RISK TO NON-TARGET INSECTS OR OTHER ARTHROPODS. Avoid spraying within 5 m of the field boundary to reduce effects on non-target insects or other arthropods

6)    Extreme care must be taken to avoid spray drift on to non-crop plants outside of the target area.


Other specific restrictions:

1)    This product must only be applied in accordance with the terms of this emergency authorisation for the desiccation of the listed pulse and legume crops grown for seed production, the product label and/or leaflet.

2)    This product must not be applied after the 23rd September.

3)    This product must only be applied by a conventional horizontal boom sprayer.

4)    This product must not be used on pulse and legume crops that are destined for human or animal consumption.

5)    This product must not be applied via hand-held equipment.

6)    Buffer zones greater than 5m are NOT eligible for buffer zone reduction under the LERAP scheme.

7)    Low drift spraying equipment must be operated according to the specific conditions stated in the official three star rating for that equipment as published on HSE Chemicals Regulation Division's website.  These operating conditions must be maintained until 30m from the top of the bank of any surface water bodies.



Failure to comply with the following conditions will result in the withdrawal or amendment of the Emergency authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and may result in other enforcement action, including prosecution

Adverse effects:

The authorisation holder must immediately notify the Secretary of State, the Scottish Ministers and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland (care of the Health and Safety Executive), if they have any new information on the potentially adverse effects of the authorised product, or of residues of an active substance in that product when used in accordance with the conditions of this Emergency authorisation.  For those products authorised under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 authorisation holders must also tell the other relevant competent authorities of the EC Member States (a list of which is available from the Health and Safety Executive) and the EC Commission.  Failure to comply with this requirement is an offence.

Provision of information:

The authorisation holder must comply with all requests for information required by, or on behalf of, the Secretary of State, the Scottish Ministers or the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

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