The EU Fertiliser Products Regulation

This new regulation is due to come into effect in mid-July 2022, and will have severe implications for manufacturers, traders and famers. Ensure you're prepared and speak with our team today.
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EU Fertilising Product Regulation

From July 2022, fertiliser producers, traders and farmers must adhere to the new EU Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR), which will change how CE marks are applied to fertilisers and the labelling requirements of these products. From summer 2022 onwards, fertilising products can be marketed within the EU, (e.g. organic fertilisers, organo-mineral fertilisers, growing media or biostimulants) provided that they are compliant with the environmental and safety requirements of the FPR.

A Shifting Paradigm
Within the new legislation, specific procedures must be followed depending on what the product is made of and under what category it will be placed on the market. The previous 2003/2003 regulation, only managed the characteristics of the final product in a precise manner, such as nutrient levels, etc. The new FPR will regulate both end characteristics (contaminants, nutrient levels, etc) and the input materials contained in all fertilising products (for example, the REACH regulation).

A New Toolbox Available For Manufacturers To Get A CE Mark

This new regulation establishes a common legal framework for fertilising products in the form of a toolbox of measures, with different pathways, depending on the product category and its content. This is to be understood as a “conformity assessment”, i.e. a process demonstrating whether specified requirements relating to a fertilising product are fulfilled.

The FPR will exist in parallel to national legislation and mutual recognition as it is only creating an optional harmonisation. Therefore, the manufacturer must decide whether it applies for a CE mark to benefit from free circulation within the EU. Manufacturers of fertilisers that do not bear a CE mark will still have the ability to sell their products on a national scale.

Standardisation and Labelling
After long negotiations within the CEN, the mandate of the European Commission regarding new standards and harmonised methods were adopted in February 2020. About 20 harmonised methods must be developed or updated for mineral fertilisers only. The intention is to have most of all harmonised methods and standards available as of April 2024.

Team Work Is Required During This Transition Phase

The new procedures for placing mineral fertilisers or other fertilising products on the market, as created by the FPR, should ensure confidence of consumers and public authorities regarding the conformity of the products. This new framework will also support the current innovative pathway that the mineral fertiliser industry has already undertaken, being in the context of circular economy, the biodegradability of polymer coatings for Controlled Release Fertilisers, or combining mineral fertilisers with biostimulants. Fertiliser producers should remain at the forefront of the discussion, especially to be fit to meet the expectations of farmers.

Transitional Period Required For The Industry

The Fertilising Products Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 will come into force in mid-July 2022. Both the European Commission (EC) and the EU Member States must begin working on preparing for the smooth implementation of the new rules.

Ensure You’re Prepared For The Upcoming Fertiliser Products Regulation

With over 30 years of experience, our expert team can help you find the appropriate Coding, Marking and Labelling solutions to boost efficiency while maintaining compliance with your regulatory requirements.

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