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Potential and Agreed Changes to Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs)

Updated 8th June 2010: Published Commission Regulation No 459/2010 added

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  1. Proposals under discussion or pending publication
  2. Published Regulations

1. Proposals under Discussion or Pending Publication

Since September 2008 all statutory MRLs have been set on an EC-wide basis under Regulation 396/2005. For further information on this Regulation please follow this link. Proposals to set, modify or delete MRLs in Regulation 396/2005 are now under consideration. These proposals are based on EFSA Opinions and are subject to votes in the Standing Committee. Raised levels need only one vote, whereas lowered levels require two votes. In the latter case, proposals are notified to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) following the first indicative vote to allow third countries to raise any points of difficulty. Once all concerns have been addressed a second formal vote is taken by the Committee, after which the proposal is adopted provided the necessary majority of member states is secured and following scrutiny by the European Parliament and Council.

We welcome any comments on proposals. If possible, please submit these well in advance of discussions in the Standing Committee (to russell.wedgbury@hse.gsi.gov.uk) .

The next Standing Committee meeting is scheduled for 7 & 8 June 2010.

Proposals which are adopted are published as EC Regulations. From experience to date, these Regulations come into force on publication (for raised levels) or around 6 months later (if they include any lowered levels).

Exporters may be interested in notifications published on the WTO web site detailing proposed changes to MRLs in non-EU countries.

Actives

Possible applicable date

SANCO Proposal/Draft Regulation

Further details

aldicarb

bromopropylate

chlorfenvinphos

endosulfan

EPTC

ethion

fenthion

fomesafen

methabenzthiazuron

methidathion

quinclorac

simazine

tetradifon

triforine

Awaiting Commission proposals.

SANCO 5475/2009

Annex.

Last discussed at the October 2009 meeting.

Awaiting further proposals from the Commission.

MRL will be reduced to LOD unless substantive levels are needed based on Codex levels or import tolerances.

Proposal addresses MRLs for expired essential uses.

EFSA Opinions

(Search by "Reasoned opinion on pesticide" from drop-down list and pesticide active substance if known.)

acetamiprid

acibenzolar-S-methyl

ametoctradin

amisulbrom

azoxystrobin

bixafen

dimethomorph

dithiocarbamates

fipronil

fludioxonil

imazalil

pirimicarb

prohexadione

prosulfocarb

pyraclostrobin

tebuconazole

thiacloprid

triclopyr

valiphenal

Publication of implementing Regulation likely in late May/ early June.

SANCO 10952/2009. Rev 1.

Annex.

Proposal voted through at the February 2010 Standing Committee.

Awaiting publication following European Parliament and Council scrutiny.

Proposal includes MRLs to address new and changed uses.

Enters into force 1 day following publication.

EFSA Opinions

Revision to Annex I of Regulation 396/2005 - list of food and feed products to which MRLs apply

Publication of amending Regulation likely in late May/ early June 2010.

SANCO 11112/2009. Rev 1.

Clean copy (amended text highlighted, new text highlighted in bold)

Proposal voted through at the February 2010 Standing Committee.

Awaiting publication following European Parliament & Council scrutiny.

Proposal makes additions and modifications to the examples of related varieties or other products listed in Annex I of Regulation 396/2005.

chlorothalonil

clothianidin

difenoconazole

fenhexamid

flubendiamide

nicotine

spirotetramat

thiacloprid

thiamethoxam

Publication of amending Regulation likely July 2010.

SANCO/10412/2010 Rev. 3

Annex.

Proposal voted through at the March 2010 Standing Committee.

Awaiting publication following European Parliament & Council scrutiny.

Proposal includes MRLs to address new and changed uses.

Enters into force 1 day following publication.

EFSA Opinions

acequinocyl

bentazone

carbendazim

cyfluthrin

fenamidone

fenazaquin

flonicamid

flutriafol

imidacloprid

ioxynil

metconazole

prochloraz

prothioconazole

tebufenozide

thiophanate-methyl

Awaiting Commission proposals.

SANCO/11209/2010 Rev. 2

Annex.

Proposal voted through at the June 2010 Standing Committee.

Awaiting publication following European Parliament & Council scrutiny.

Proposal includes MRLs to address new and changed uses.

Enters into force 1 day following publication.

EFSA Opinions

2. Published Regulations

The following proposals have been agreed and became national law from the applicable date.

When new MRLs are agreed we look at all product approvals containing these active substances. Any approvals that would result in residues in excess of the new MRLs will be revoked. This will ensure growers and suppliers do not put produce containing residues in excess of the MRL into circulation. Approval holders may apply to change the conditions of use to ensure that residues do not exceed the MRL.

Actives

Applicable date

Directive No.

Further details

aminopyralid

azoxystrobin

boscalid

buprofezin

chlorantraniliprole

cypermethrin

cyprodinil

difenoconazole

ethephon

fenitrothion

flusilazole

fosetyl

imidacloprid

indoxacarb

lambda-cyhalothrin

mandipropamid

metazachlor

methomyl

profenofos

prothioconazole

pyraclostrobin

spinetoram

spirotetramat

sulphur

tebuconazole

thiacloprid

thiodicarb

triadimefon

triadimenol

trifloxystrobin

29/5/2010

The MRLs for ethephon shall apply from 8 June 2010

Commission Regulation No 459/2010

Please note that there are errors in the spreadsheet on pp 44-49 of this Regulation, a corrigendum will be published in due course. The entries in both the Commission's and CRD's MRL databases are correct.

Regulation includes MRLs to address new and changed uses and new Codex MRLs.

Enters into force one day following publication.

2-phenylphenol

1/1/2011

Commission Regulation No 304/2010

Under EC Legislation this substance is now classed as a pesticide rather than a food additive.

dimethoate/omethoate

ethephon

fenamiphos

fenarimol

methamidophos

methomyl/thiodicarb

oxydemethon-methyl

procymidone

vinclozolin

7/6/2010

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1097/2009

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1097/2009 (corrigendum amending an error in the initial Regulation published 16/11/2009)

Regulation includes lowered MRL.

Enters into force 20 days following publication and applies 6 months later.

acetamiprid

azoxystrobin

clomazone

cyflufenamid

emamectin benzoate

famoxadone

fenbutatin oxide

flufenoxuron

fluopicolide

indoxacarb

ioxynil

mepanipyrim

prothioconazole

pyridalyl

thiacloprid

trifloxystrobin

7/11/2009

Commission Regulation 1050/2009

Corrigendum to Commission Regulation 1050/2009 published 19th December 2009

Regulation includes new & raised MRLs.

Entered into force the day after publication.

Multiannual monitoring programme for 2010, 2011, 2012

01/01/10

Commission Regulation 901/2009.

 

atrazine

azoxystrobin

chlormequat

cyprodinil

dithiocarbamates

fludioxonil

fluroxypyr

indoxacarb

mandipropamid

potassium tri-iodide

spirotetramat

tetraconazole

thiram

11/09/09

Commission Regulation 822/2009.

Corrigendum to Commission Regulation 822/2009 published 10th March 2010

For correct MRLs see voted documents:

Annex II.

Annex IIIA.

Annex IIIB.

or CRD's MRLs database or DG SANCO's MRLs database.

azoxystrobin

fludioxonil

28/03/09

Commission Regulation 256/2009.

Corrigendum to Regulation 256/2009.

Modified MRLs for Turnips (azoxystrobin).

and Pomegranates (fludioxonil).

Large number of active substances listed in Annexes II, III and IV

01/09/08

Second tranche of MRLs published in Commission Regulation 839/2008.

This Regulation applies to all produce treated after 1 September 2008.

hydrogen phosphide

aluminium phosphide

magnesium phosphide

sulfurylfluoride

01/09/08

Commission Regulation 260/2008.

Annex VII post harvest fumigants

Large number of active substances listed in Annexes II, III and IV

01/09/08

First tranche of MRLs published in Commission Regulation 149/2008.

Corrigendum to Regulation 149/2008.

This Regulation applies to all produce treated after 1 September 2008.

Details of specific MRLs can be viewed by accessing CRD's MRLs database or DG SANCO's MRLs database

Russell Wedgbury can deal with any queries: tel 01904 455780; fax 01904 455733; or e-mail russell.wedgbury@hse.gsi.gov.uk

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