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Prospect of EU sustainable use rules on biocides recedes

The European Commission has indicated that it is too early to introduce measures on the sustainable use of biocides, including non-crop pesticides. In a draft report on the issue, the Commission cites: limited experience with the new EU biocidal products Regulation (528/2012), which was implemented in September 2013; the “slow pace” of the ongoing review of existing biocide active ingredients; and the fact that existing development of best practice guidelines could meet many objectives of sustainable use. The draft conclusions were flagged up by the Commission last October, when it suggested that any new measures would need to wait until the EU ai review was completed.

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