EU restrictions lifted for penconazole
The European Commission has lifted EU approval conditions that restricted the use of the fungicide, penconazole, to greenhouses. The move follows the evaluation of additional data from Syngenta. Penconazole was re-registered in the EU in 2009 and added to Annex I of the EU agrochemical registration Directive (91/414) on January 1st 2010 ( Agrow No 572, p 10). The approval only covered greenhouse use because further data were required on the soil metabolite, U1. The evaluation of this further data by Germany, as rapporteur member state, concludes that penconazole can be restored to its intended uses as set out in the original applications dossier, which included curcubits and grapevines as representative crops. However, the assessment found that additional data are required on another metabolite. EU member states considering penconazole-based product approvals should request further information on the fate and behaviour of the soil metabolite, CGA179944, in acidic soils, the Commission says.