20.8.2013   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 222/6


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 790/2013

of 19 August 2013

amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance acetic acid

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market and repealing Council Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC (1), and in particular Article 13(2)(c) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

The active substance acetic acid was included in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC (2) by Commission Directive 2008/127/EC (3) in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 24b of Commission Regulation (EC) No 2229/2004 (4). Since the replacement of Directive 91/414/EEC by Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, this substance is deemed to have been approved under that Regulation and is listed in Part A of the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 (5).

(2)

In accordance with Article 25a of Regulation (EC) No 2229/2004, the European Food Safety Authority, hereinafter ‘the Authority’, presented to the Commission its view on the draft review report for acetic acid (6) on 18 December 2012. The Authority communicated its view on acetic acid to the notifier. The Commission invited it to submit comments on the draft review report for acetic acid. The draft review report and the view of the Authority were reviewed by the Member States and the Commission within the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health and finalised on 16 July 2013 in the format of the Commission review report for acetic acid.

(3)

It is confirmed that the active substance acetic acid is to be deemed to have been approved under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

(4)

In accordance with Article 13(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 in conjunction with Article 6 thereof and in the light of current scientific and technical knowledge, it is necessary to amend the conditions of approval. It is, in particular, appropriate to require further confirmatory information.

(5)

The Annex to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(6)

A reasonable period of time should be allowed before the application of this Regulation in order to allow Member States, notifier and holders of authorisations for plant protection products containing acetic acid to meet the requirements resulting from amendment to the conditions of the approval.

(7)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Part A of the Annex to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 is amended in accordance with the Annex to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from 1 January 2014.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 19 August 2013.

For the Commission

The President

José Manuel BARROSO


(1)  OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 1.

(2)  Council Directive 91/414/EEC of 15 July 1991 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market (OJ L 230, 19.8.1991, p. 1).

(3)  Commission Directive 2008/127/EC of 18 December 2008 amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC to include several active substances (OJ L 344, 20.12.2008, p. 89).

(4)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 2229/2004 of 3 December 2004 laying down further detailed rules for the implementation of the fourth stage of the programme of work referred to in Article 8(2) of Council Directive 91/414/EEC (OJ L 379, 24.12.2004, p. 13).

(5)  Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 of 25 May 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the list of approved active substances (OJ L 153, 11.6.2011, p. 1).

(6)  European Food Safety Authority; Conclusion on the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance acetic acid. EFSA Journal 2013;11(1):3060. [57 pp.] doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2013.3060. Available online: www.efsa.europa.eu/efsajournal


ANNEX

In Part A of the Annex to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011, row 218 on the active substance acetic acid is replaced by the following:

Number

Common Name, Identification Numbers

IUPAC Name

Purity

Date of approval

Expiration of approval

Specific provisions

‘218

Acetic acid

CAS No 64-19-7

CIPAC 838

acetic acid

≥ 980 g/kg

1 September 2009

31 August 2019

PART A

Only uses as herbicide may be authorised.

PART B

For the implementation of the uniform principles as referred to in Article 29(6) of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, the conclusions of the review report on acetic acid (SANCO/2602/2008) and in particular Appendices I and II thereof, as finalised in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 16 July 2013, shall be taken into account.

In this overall assessment Member States shall pay particular attention to the protection of operators, the protection of groundwater and the protection of aquatic organisms.

Conditions of use shall include, where appropriate, risk mitigation measures.

The notifier shall submit confirmatory information as regards:

the acute and long-term risk to birds and mammals,

the risk to honeybees,

the risk to non-target arthropods.

The notifier shall submit that information to the Commission, the Member States and the Authority by 31 December 2015.’