Derogations - Article 53
Read about the possibilities to apply for a derogation of a Plant Protection Product.
A non-authorised product may be authorised for up to 120 days, if a danger exists which threatens a crop and which cannot be contained by any other reasonable means. This requires that there is no authorised product to control the danger in question. Derogations are considered on a case-by-case basis.
This is a derogation from the rules. A derogation may only be granted under certain circumstances for a limited and controlled use, if considered absolutely necessary.
The requirements for derogations are described in detail in Article 53 of Regulation No 1107/2009.
In Denmark, Plant Protection Products can only receive a derogation if safe use regarding health, the environment including groundwater can be demonstrated.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
Safe use of the Plant Protection Product must be demonstrated
No unacceptable risk for groundwater, the environment and health must be demonstrated
No other suitable methods or products able to fight the concerned pest available on the Danish market, and the pest must be a severe threat
The Danish EPA will assess all applications based on the specific use and the existing available knowledge. The assessment will be performed for a wide range of conditions, e.g. timing of application, dosing, availability of other alternatives and a possible risk for the environment and health.
Applications for derogations may be submitted to
The applications must be motivated in a cover letter and attached a complete notification form.
Link to form: Notification form for applications for derogations
Questions regarding the application process may be sent to