How to comply with pesticide regulations from 1 January 2021

Make sure you meet regulations when using, producing or placing pesticides on the market after 1 January 2021.

New rules for January 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

This page tells you what you’ll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.

You can also read about the transition period.

Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) will establish independent pesticides regulatory rules on 1 January 2021. If you’re producing or placing pesticides on the market, you must make sure they are authorised under the new rules from 1 January 2021.

New laws to ensure the safe use of pesticides (plant protection products) will be similar to existing laws.

If you produce or place food or feed on the market, you must ensure you comply with regulations for Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs). An MRL is the highest amount of pesticide residue legally allowed in or on food.

Current product authorisations and MRLs will still be valid in GB from 1 January 2021.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will continue to operate as the UK’s regulator. Under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol, the EU pesticides rules will continue to apply in Northern Ireland after 1 January 2021.

Published 6 October 2020
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