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New EU biocide rules finally agreed

EU Ministers have formally approved new rules covering the registration of biocides, including non-crop pesticides. Once officially adopted by the European Commission, the new regulation will apply from September 1st 2013, with a transitional period for certain provisions. The signing-off by Ministers completes three years of protracted negotiations over the proposed revision of the EU biocidal products Directive (98/8). The slow progress was largely due to the wide range of products covered, many produced by small companies serving niche markets. Right up until the final vote, some member states were warning of an additional cost burden that would adversely affect smaller companies ( Agrow No 639, p 9).

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