The EU is adopting new rules for placing fertilising products on the EU market. The Council today adopted a regulation which harmonises the requirements for fertilisers produced from phosphate minerals and from organic or secondary raw materials in the EU, opening up new possibilities for their production and marketing on a large scale.
According to the regulation, EU fertilising products bearing the “CE marking” will have to fulfil certain requirements to benefit from free circulation in the EU’s internal market. These include obligatory maximum contaminant levels, the use of defined component material categories and labelling requirements.
Manufacturers of fertilisers that do not bear the CE marking will still have the possibility of placing them on their national market.
The new regulation, which replaces the previous 2003 fertilisers regulation, covers all types of fertilisers (mineral, organic, soil improvers, growing matters, etc.).
The regulation still has to be signed and published in the Official Journal of the EU. It will enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication. It will start applying three years from its entry into force.
The Commission presented its proposal in March 2016 as part of the EU’s circular economy action plan. One of its main objectives is to encourage large scale fertiliser production from domestic organic or secondary raw materials in line with the circular economy model, by transforming waste into nutrients for crops.
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