EU outlines biocide rules review
The European Commission plans to issue a report by the end of March 2008 on the implementation of the EU biocidal products Directive (98/8), with proposals on revising the Directive to follow by the end of the year. The Commission initiated a consultation on the impact of the Directive, which covers non-crop pesticides, in 2006 (Agrow No 508, p 9). The revision will focus on simplifying the rules, the Commission says. It will aim to solve problems identified so far, and also problems that may emerge when the Directive's work moves from the re-evaluation of active ingredients to the re-registration of products.