EU pesticide statistics rules in place
The new EU pesticide statistics Regulation (1185/2009) will come into force on December 30th 2009, following its publication in the EU Official Journal this month. The new rules harmonise data collection systems among EU member states. They will gather information on the annual amounts of agrochemical active ingredients sold and used ( Agrow No 581, p 9). Data collection will start in 2011. The Regulation includes provisions to extend the system to non-crop pesticides in the future.