Cooperation in the Northern zone on authorisation of pesticides

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Norway have agreed to cooperate on evaluations of applications for authorisation of plant protection products. The Cooperation is part of the new Pesticides Regulation which enters into force on 14 June. It has two goals: to ease the workload for applications and to harmonise their evaluation. A Guidance document has been drafted which describes how to apply for authorisation for plant protection products, and how the applications are evaluated.

For more information:
Northern Zone Guidance-dokument, januar 2011
List of distribution og applications at the active substances level between zonal rapporteur Member States, January 2011
List of Member State Contacts, January 2011


The new Pesticides Regulation entered into force on 14 June 2011 and replaces the current EU Directive on marketing of and prohibition on plant protection products.

The EU will be divided into three authorisation zones: a Northern zone, a Central zone and a Southern zone. Moreover, the entire EU is considered a single zone with regard to products for use in greenhouses, as post-harvest treatments, for treatment of empty storage rooms, and for seed treatments. Denmark has been placed in the Northern zone together with Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Norway.
Read more about the Pesticides Regulation here .