New pesticides legislation explained

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NEW legislation came into operation throughout the UK on the 18 July 2012.

The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012, bring into operation a number of provisions aimed at achieving the sustainable use of pesticides, by reducing risks and impacts on human health and the environment.

These Regulations implement the requirements of the EU Directive on the Sustainable use of Pesticides.

Provisions include: compulsory testing of application equipment; provision of training for, and arrangements for the certification of, operators, advisors and distributors; a ban (subject to limited exceptions) on aerial spraying; provisions to protect water, public spaces and conservation areas; the minimisation of risks from handling, storage and disposal; and the promotion of low pesticide input regimes (including Integrated Pest Management (IPM)).

Timescales for the introduction of the range of provisions will vary, with certain requirements having immediate effect while others will be phased in up to 2016.

DARD will provide updates of requirements and their deadlines over the coming months.


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