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Fertilizers Europe asks for time before new regulation takes effect

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The European fertilizers industry association is asking for at least 12 months before implementation of the new Fertilising Product Regulation (Regulation (EU)2019/1009), originally set for 16 July 2022.

Fertilizers Europe stated it supports the development of EU rules on placing fertilizing products on the market. However, they maintain the EU Fertilising Product Regulation is a complicated and technical piece of legislation.

“Fertilizers Europe acknowledges the difficulties faced by the industry in achieving the full compliance with the provisions envisaged by Regulation (EU) 2019/1009,” they state in a release. “We ask the European Commission and national authorities to show understanding and to accept imperfect compliance with the new rules, for a minimum period of 12 months. This will grant the industry the flexibility needed to ensure a continuous nutrient supply and to deliver on food security.”

Fertilizers Europe said there are several hurdles that must be overcome before the new regulation takes place, including the current lack of accredited notified bodies, which are required to perform the products conformity assessment. Also, the conformity assessment of products must be carried out against a set of harmonized standards which are not yet fully developed.

There are “more difficulties than anticipated in obtaining the required detailed information on component materials from international suppliers,” noted Fertilizers Europe in its statement. In addition, there are “delays in finalizing the legal provisions on some amendments (i.e., byproducts) [that] still leave interpretation difficulties such as for tolerances.”

Finally, Fertilizers Europe states the implementation process is being slowed down by the practical consequences of the war in Ukraine. One example is represented by the difficulty of procuring packaging material from Ukraine, a traditional supplier of these products.

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