Important update on the expiry of EU PPP approvals in 2019-2022

An update on the expiry of EU approval of key Plant Protection Products (PPPs) for ACP countries

In the EU, active substances are approved for a maximum period of 10 years under Regulation EC 1107/2009, after which time the approval must be reviewed. The review process is detailed and involves the evaluation of existing (and sometimes new data) against a set of criteria, many of which have changed since the substance was first approved.

The schedule for the review of individual active substances is divided into groups (AIR programmes). Recently, the European Commission has updated these programmes for the period 2019-2024 (AIR IV and AIR V programmes). 

When an active substance comes up for review, a manufacturer must submit a dossier with the required data. In some cases, possibly due to a lack of commercial interest, or in the expectation that some substances will not successfully go through the evaluation processes, manufactures decide not to invest in the re-evaluation.

Below is a list of active substances that have expired in 2019, or will expire in 2020-2022, because the manufacture has decided not to resubmit (summary of AIR IV (2019-2022) programme).

Following expiration/non-renewal of EU authorizations, the maximum residue levels (MRLs) are generally lowered to the limit of determination (LOD): 0.01 mg/kg. In most cases this will mean that these substances can no longer be used on crops for export to the EU. The date of entry into force of the new MRLs is not yet known. COLEACP will keep you informed as soon as more information becomes available.

Active substances where authorisations expired in 2019 because no application for renewal was received
Active substance Expiry date Key active substance for horticultural crops in ACP countries*
Fuberidazole 28/02/2019  
Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. Tenebrionis strain NB 176 (TM 141) 30/04/2019 X
Fenpropimorph 30/04/2019 X
Phlebiopsis gigantea strains FOC PG B20/5, B22/SP1190/3.2, B22/SP1190/3.2, BU 3, BU 4, SH 1, SP log 5, SP log 6, PG97/1062/116/1.1 30/04/2019  
Phlebiopsis gigantea strains VRA 1985 and VRA 1986 30/04/2019  
Tralkoxydim 30/04/2019  
Trichoderma polysporum strain IMI 206039 30/04/2019  
Ammonium acetate 31/08/2019  
Limestone 31/08/2019  
Methyl nonyl ketone 31/08/2019  
Pepper 31/08/2019  
Sea-algae extract (formerly sea-algae extract and seaweeds) 31/08/2019  
Sodium aluminium silicate 31/08/2019  
Difenacoum 30/12/2019  
Bifenthrin 31/07/2019 X
Triadimenol 30/08/2019 X
Quizalofop-P 30/11/2019  
Teflubenzuron 30/11/2019 X
Chlorsulfuron 31/12/2019  
Cyromazine 31/12/2019 X
Lufenuron 31/12/2019 X
Methomyl 31/08/2019 X
Putrescine (1,4-Diaminobutane) 31/08/2019  
Sodium hypochlorite 31/08/2019  
Trimethylamine hydrochloride 31/08/2019  

* Key active substances are those used/registered in one or more ACP country on horticultural crops that are frequently exported regionally or internationally

Active substances where authorisations will expire in 2020 because no application for renewal was received
Active substance Expiry date Key active substance for horticultural crops in ACP countries*
Triflumizole 30/06/2020 X
Spirodiclofen 31/07/2020  
FEN 560 (Fenugreek seed powder) 31/10/2020  

* Key active substances are those used/registered in one or more ACP country on horticultural crops that are frequently exported regionally or internationally

Active substances where authorisations will expire in 2021 because no application for renewal has been received
Active substance Expiry date Key active substance for horticultural crops in ACP countries*
Bromadiolone 31/05/2021  
Carbetamide 31/05/2021  
Myclobutanil 31/05/2021 X
Profoxydim 31/07/2021  
Fenbuconazole 30/04/2021  
Carboxin 31/05/2021  
Diethofencarb 31/05/2021  
Etridiazole 31/05/2021  
Oryzalin 31/05/2021  
Azimsulfuron 31/12/2021  
Triflumuron 31/12/2021  
Metosulam 30/04/2021  
Fenoxycarb 31/05/2021  
Triazoxide 30/09/2021  
Trichoderma atroviride (formerly T. harzianum) strain IMI 206040 30/04/2021  
Fluquinconazole 31/12/2021  

* Key active substances are those used/registered in one or more ACP country on horticultural crops that are frequently exported regionally or internationally

Active substances where authorisations will expire in 2022 because no application for renewal has been received
Active substance Expiry date Key active substance for horticultural crops in ACP countries*
Imidacloprid 31/07/2019 X
Denathonium benzoate 31/08/2019  

* Key active substances are those used/registered in one or more ACP country on horticultural crops that are frequently exported regionally or internationally