EU: New European Fertiliser Regulation from 2022
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The three European institutions Commission, Council as well as the Parliament have agreed on a new regulation for fertilisers after nearly two years of negotiations. The new regulation is to be implemented from the year 2022.
Until now, the existing legislation does not cover approximately half of the fertilisers marketed within the EU, writes IFOAM EU. However, the new regulation will include all kinds of fertilisers such as bio stimulants, industry by-products, growing, mineral and organic fertilisers and more.
New cadmium limit
The revised regulation does not only include a much wider scope of fertilisers, but also a new limit on the content of cadmium in phosphorus fertilisers which will be set and implemented at 60 mg/kg directly after the new regulation is coming into effect. Contrary to the number originally proposed by the EU Commission, this limit is higher. Nonetheless, further reductions of the cadmium content may be introduced through a review clause in the regulation text.
Possible changes for the organic sector
The new Fertiliser Regulation offers optional harmonisation. In order to get CE marked, the requirements of the new regulation have to be met. For their internal markets, the EU member states will still have the possibility to set specific rules. Additionally, it is still possible to recognise products mutually. However, due to several references to the 2003/2003 Fertiliser Regulation in Annex I of the 889/2008 Organic Regulation, changes for the organic sector are also likely to happen. According to IFOAM EU, the draft of the new regulation still has to be formally adapted. Currently, the organic umbrella organization is checking the regulation’s relevance for the organic sector.