30.8.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 235/17


COMMISSION DIRECTIVE 2006/74/EC

of 21 August 2006

amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC to include dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr as active substances

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 91/414/EEC of 15 July 1991 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market (1), and in particular Article 6(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Commission Regulations (EC) No 451/2000 (2) and (EC) No 703/2001 (3) lay down the detailed rules for the implementation of the second stage of the programme of work referred to in Article 8(2) of Directive 91/414/EEC and establish a list of active substances to be assessed, with a view to their possible inclusion in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC. That list includes dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr.

(2)

For those active substances the effects on human health and the environment have been assessed in accordance with the provisions laid down in Regulations (EC) No 451/2000 and (EC) No 703/2001 for a range of uses proposed by the notifier. Moreover, those Regulations designate the rapporteur Member States which have to submit the relevant assessment reports and recommendations to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in accordance with Article 8(1) of Regulation (EC) No 451/2000. For dichlorprop-P the rapporteur Member State was Denmark and all relevant information was submitted on 5 November 2003. For metconazole the rapporteur Member State was Belgium and all relevant information was submitted on 27 January 2004. For pyrimethanil the rapporteur Member State was Austria and all relevant information was submitted on 15 April 2004. For triclopyr the rapporteur Member State was Ireland and all relevant information was submitted on 21 November 2003.

(3)

The assessment reports have been peer reviewed by the Member States and the EFSA and presented to the Commission on 14 December 2005 for triclopyr and on 13 January 2006 for dichlorprop-P, metconazole and pyrimethanil in the format of the EFSA Scientific Reports (4). These reports have been reviewed by the Member States and the Commission within the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health and finalised on 23 May 2006 in the format of the Commission review reports for dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr.

(4)

It has appeared from the various examinations made that plant protection products containing dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr may be expected to satisfy, in general, the requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) of Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the uses which were examined and detailed in the Commission review reports. It is therefore appropriate to include these active substances in Annex I, in order to ensure that in all Member States the authorisations of plant protection products containing these active substances can be granted in accordance with the provisions of that Directive.

(5)

Without prejudice to that conclusion, it is appropriate to obtain further information on certain specific points concerning dichlorprop-P, pyrimethanil and triclopyr. Article 6(1) of Directive 91/414/EEC provides that inclusion of a substance in Annex I may be subject to conditions. Therefore it is appropriate to require that dichlorprop-P, pyrimethanil and triclopyr should be subjected to further testing for confirmation of the risk assessment for some issues and that such studies should be presented by the notifiers.

(6)

A reasonable period should be allowed to elapse before an active substance is included in Annex I in order to permit Member States and the interested parties to prepare themselves to meet the new requirements which will result from the inclusion.

(7)

Without prejudice to the obligations defined by Directive 91/414/EEC as a consequence of including an active substance in Annex I, Member States should be allowed a period of six months after inclusion to review existing authorisations of plant protection products containing dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr to ensure that the requirements laid down by Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular in its Article 13 and the relevant conditions set out in Annex I, are satisfied. Member States should vary, replace or withdraw, as appropriate, existing authorisations, in accordance with the provisions of Directive 91/414/EEC. By way of derogation from the above deadline, a longer period should be provided for the submission and assessment of the complete Annex III dossier of each plant protection product for each intended use in accordance with the uniform principles laid down in Directive 91/414/EEC.

(8)

The experience gained from previous inclusions in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC of active substances assessed in the framework of Commission Regulation (EEC) No 3600/92 (5) has shown that difficulties can arise in interpreting the duties of holders of existing authorisations in relation to access to data. In order to avoid further difficulties it therefore appears necessary to clarify the duties of the Member States, especially the duty to verify that the holder of an authorisation demonstrates access to a dossier satisfying the requirements of Annex II to that Directive. However, this clarification does not impose any new obligations on Member States or holders of authorisations compared to the directives which have been adopted until now amending Annex I.

(9)

It is therefore appropriate to amend Directive 91/414/EEC accordingly.

(10)

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

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

Article 1

Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC is amended as set out in the Annex to this Directive.

Article 2

Member States shall adopt and publish by 30 November 2007 at the latest the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive. They shall forthwith communicate to the Commission the text of those provisions and a correlation table between those provisions and this Directive.

They shall apply those provisions from 1 December 2007.

When Member States adopt those provisions, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their official publication. Member States shall determine how such reference is to be made.

Article 3

1.   Member States shall in accordance with Directive 91/414/EEC, where necessary, amend or withdraw existing authorisations for plant protection products containing dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr as active substances by 30 November 2007.

By that date they shall in particular verify that the conditions in Annex I to that Directive relating to dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr are met, with the exception of those identified in part B of the entry concerning that active substance, and that the holder of the authorisation has, or has access to, a dossier satisfying the requirements of Annex II to that Directive in accordance with the conditions of Article 13 of that Directive.

2.   By way of derogation from paragraph 1, for each authorised plant protection product containing dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr as either the only active substance or as one of several active substances all of which were listed in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC by 31 May 2007 at the latest, Member States shall re-evaluate the product in accordance with the uniform principles provided for in Annex VI to Directive 91/414/EEC, on the basis of a dossier satisfying the requirements of Annex III to that Directive and taking into account part B of the entry in Annex I to that Directive concerning dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr respectively. On the basis of that evaluation, they shall determine whether the product satisfies the conditions set out in Article 4(1)(b), (c), (d) and (e) of Directive 91/414/EEC.

Following that determination Member States shall:

(a)

in the case of a product containing dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr as the only active substance, where necessary, amend or withdraw the authorisation by 31 May 2011 at the latest; or

(b)

in the case of a product containing dichlorprop-P, metconazole, pyrimethanil and triclopyr as one of several active substances, where necessary, amend or withdraw the authorisation by 31 May 2011 or by the date fixed for such an amendment or withdrawal in the respective Directive or Directives which added the relevant substance or substances to Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC, whichever is the latest.

Article 4

This Directive shall enter into force on 1 June 2007.

Article 5

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 21 August 2006.

For the Commission

Markos KYPRIANOU

Member of the Commission


(1)   OJ L 230, 19.8.1991, p. 1. Directive as last amended by Commission Directive 2006/64/EC (OJ L 206, 27.7.2006, p. 107).

(2)   OJ L 55, 29.2.2000, p. 25. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1044/2003 (OJ L 151, 19.6.2003, p. 32).

(3)   OJ L 98, 7.4.2001, p. 6.

(4)  EFSA Scientific Report (2006) 52, 1-67, Conclusion regarding the Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance dichlorprop-P (finalised: 13 January 2006).

EFSA Scientific Report (2006) 64, 1-71, Conclusion regarding the Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance metconazole (finalised: 13 January 2006).

EFSA Scientific Report (2006) 61, 1-70, Conclusion regarding the Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance pyrimethanil (finalised: 13 January 2006).

EFSA Scientific Report (2005) 56, 1-103, Conclusion regarding the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance triclopyr (finalised: 14 December 2005).

(5)   OJ L 366, 15.12.1992, p. 10). Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2266/2000 (OJ L 259, 13.10.2000, p. 27).


ANNEX

The following entries shall be added at the end of the table in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC:

No

Common name, identification numbers

IUPAC name

Purity (1)

Entry into force

Expiration of inclusion

Specific provisions

‘135

Dichlorprop-P

CAS No 15165-67-0

CIPAC No 476

(R)-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy) propanoic acid

≥ 900 g/kg

1 June 2007

31 May 2017

PART A

Only uses as herbicide may be authorised.

PART B

For the implementation of the uniform principles of Annex VI, the conclusions of the review report on dichlorprop-P, and in particular Appendices I and II thereof, as finalised in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 23 May 2006 shall be taken into account.

In this overall assessment Member States:

must pay particular attention to the protection of birds, mammals, aquatic organisms and non-target plants. Conditions of authorisation should include risk mitigation measures, where appropriate.

The Member States concerned shall request the submission of further studies to confirm the results on animal metabolism and the risk assessment on acute and short-term exposure for birds and on acute exposure for herbivorous mammals.

They shall ensure that the notifiers at whose request dichlorprop-P has been included in this Annex provide such studies to the Commission within two years of the entry into force of this Directive.

136

Metconazole

CAS No 125116-23-6 (unstated stereochemistry)

CIPAC No 706

(1RS,5RS:1RS,5SR)-5-(4-chlorobenzyl)-2,2-dimethyl-1-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl)cyclopentanol

≥ 940 g/kg (sum of cis- and trans-isomers)

1 June 2007

31 May 2017

PART A

Only uses as fungicide may be authorised.

PART B

For the implementation of the uniform principles of Annex VI, the conclusions of the review report on metconazole, and in particular Appendices I and II thereof, as finalised in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 23 May 2006 shall be taken into account.

In this overall assessment:

Member States must pay particular attention to the protection of aquatic organisms, birds and mammals. Conditions of authorisation should include risk mitigation measures, where appropriate,

Member States must pay particular attention to the operator safety. Conditions of authorisation should include protective measures, where appropriate.

137

Pyrimethanil

CAS No 53112-28-0

CIPAC No not allocated

N-(4,6-dimethylpyrimidin-2-yl) aniline

≥ 975 g/kg

(the manufacturing impurity cyanamide is considered to be of toxicological concern and must not exceed 0,5 g/kg in the technical material)

1 June 2007

31 May 2017

PART A

Only uses as fungicide may be authorised.

PART B

For the implementation of the uniform principles of Annex VI, the conclusions of the review report on pyrimethanil, and in particular Appendices I and II thereof, as finalised in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 23 May 2006 shall be taken into account.

In this overall assessment Member States:

must pay particular attention to the protection of aquatic organisms. Conditions of authorisation should include risk mitigation measures, where appropriate, such as buffer zones,

must pay particular attention to the operator safety and ensure that conditions of use prescribe the application of adequate personal protective equipment.

The Member States concerned shall request the submission of further studies to confirm the risk assessment to fish. They shall ensure that the notifiers at whose request pyrimethanil has been included in this Annex provide such studies to the Commission within two years from the entry into force of this Directive.

138

Triclopyr

CAS No 055335-06-3

CIPAC No 376

3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridyloxyacetic acid

≥ 960 g/kg

(as Triclopyr butoxyethyl ester)

1 June 2007

31 May 2017

PART A

Only uses as herbicide may be authorised.

PART B

In assessing applications to authorise plant protection products containing triclopyr for uses other than spring applications in pasture and grassland, Member States shall pay particular attention to the criteria in Article 4(1)(b), and shall ensure that any necessary data and information is provided before such an authorisation is granted.

For the implementation of the uniform principles of Annex VI, the conclusions of the review report on triclopyr, and in particular Appendices I and II thereof, as finalised in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 23 May 2006 shall be taken into account.

In this overall assessment Member States:

must pay particular attention to the protection of groundwater under vulnerable conditions. Conditions of authorisation should include risk mitigation measures and monitoring programmes should be initiated in vulnerable zones, where appropriate,

must pay particular attention to the safety of operators and ensure that conditions of use prescribe the application of adequate personal protective equipment,

must pay particular attention to the protection of birds, mammals, aquatic organisms and non-target plants. Conditions of authorisation should include risk mitigation measures, where appropriate.

The Member States concerned shall request the submission of further studies to confirm the acute and long-term risk assessment for birds and mammals and the risk to aquatic organisms from exposure to the metabolite 6-chloro-2-pyridinol. They shall ensure that the notifiers at whose request triclopyr has been included in this Annex provide such studies to the Commission within two years from the entry into force of this Directive.’


(1)  Further details on identity and specification of active substance are provided in the review report.