How to comply with pesticide regulations after Brexit

Make sure you meet regulations when using, producing or placing pesticides on the market after the UK leaves the EU.

After EU Exit on 29 March 2019 (may also apply to new exit date on 31 December 2020), EU law will no longer apply. New laws that ensure the safe use of pesticides (plant protection products) will be similar to existing laws.

If you’re producing or placing pesticides on the market make sure they are authorised under the new rules.

The rules will be different in deal and no deal scenarios. This guidance will help you prepare for either outcome.

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

Current product authorisations and MRLs will be valid immediately after EU Exit.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will continue to operate as the UK’s regulator.

Prepare for Brexit

Read the guidance on what you need to do now and after EU Exit.

Published 29 January 2019

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