Chloridazon added to EU Annex I
The European Commission has confirmed the re-registration of the herbicide, chloridazon, following clearance by the EU regulatory committee at the end of 2007 ( Agrow No 534, p 10). The active ingredient will be added to Annex I of the EU agrochemical registration Directive (91/414) on January 1st 2009. EU member states have until June 30th 2009 to check that existing approvals comply with the conditions of Annex I listing and until December 31st 2012 to re-register all chloridazon-based products. Appropriate risk mitigation measures must be imposed to protect operators and aquatic organisms, and monitoring programmes should be enforced to check potential ground water contamination.