EU agrees changes to biocide law
The European Parliament and EU Ministers have formally agreed a compromise over amendments to EU rules on biocides, including non-crop pesticides. The move paves the way for the changes to be adopted into law. They comprise corrections and clarifications to the EU biocidal products Regulation (528/2012) to remove "unintended" market barriers for some products and companies. The compromise was drawn up in December 2013, following months of negotiations over adjustments to the European Commission's original proposals (Agrow No 679, p 6).