PPPs registration – Defra clarity after questions from NFU

11 May 2022

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Following Defra's announcement on the new rule that users of PPP or any adjuvants must register by 22 June 2022, we have had a lot of questions from members.  Many see these new requirements as doubling-up on activity they already do. Our plant health team challenged Defra to clarify the situation. Read Defra's statement below.

The Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020 applies controls throughout the agri-food supply chain. Defra state their aim is to improve and provide assurance in feed and food safety, animal health and welfare and plant health.

The new rules mean that if you use PPPs or any adjuvants in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), you must register under the Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020 by 22 June 2022

We’ve been raising concerns with Defra about the lack of consultation on the introduction of this new rule and duplication with existing processes like farm assurance schemes. We asked Defra for answers to some of our members’ questions.

NFU Vice President David Exwood said: “While Defra's intention appears to have been to keep this simple, farmers on the ground see these new requirements as a burden and understandably have a lot of questions about them. It is good that Defra is starting to respond to these concerns we've already raised with them.”

Subsequently, Defra has issued the following guidance to all interested parties.

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