A new EU Directive, on the sale of Pesticides, will come into force on November 26, 2015.
For example, a domestic customer will still be able to buy a 1-litre container of Round-Up or Gallup, but will no longer be permitted to buy a 5-litre drum unless they have completed a Pesticides training course and have received their licence.
Farmers and others who wish to buy these sizes and larger quantities for agricultural use or other applications will need to have a licence to do so.
The new regulations are part of the EU’s Sustainable Use Directive (SUD), which covers herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, seed dressings, some rodenticides, and more. Its aims are to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment, and to promote the use of other methods of dealing with pests.
Farmers and other users who wish to obtain a licence will have had to have completed a relevant training course, and must register with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine by the time the Directive comes into force on November 26. Teagasc also advises that all boom sprayers more than three metres wide must be tested by that date.
Our expert staff can give you more information on the new Directive and what it will mean in practice, and can also advise on what you need to do to obtain a licence.
Further information of Professional User Registration is also available from the website of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine – click here