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25 May 2022

Guidance for professional users of Plant Protection Products


If you use professional plant protection products as part of your work,  or if you have professional PPPs applied by a third party as part of your work in agriculture, horticulture, the amenity sector or forestry in Great Britain, then you must notify Defra by 22 June 2022


The Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020 apply the Official Controls Regulations (OCR) to PPPs in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

They introduce requirements for all operators involved in the supply of PPPs and professional users to notify their competent authority.

In England this is the Secretary of State. In Wales and Scotland this is the Welsh and Scottish Ministers.

Defra is collecting information on behalf of Scottish and Welsh Governments.

NOTE: this is plant protection products only – it is not all pesticide users.

The OCR aims to improve feed and food safety, animal health and welfare and plant health by applying official controls throughout the agri-food supply chain.

Read more in this policy statement.

Retailers of amateur PPPs are also subject to the 2020 Regulations but should NOT notify Defra using this form. Further information will be released soon on how these businesses can provide their information by the 22 June 2022 deadline.

If your business imports, manufactures, processes, distributes, or sells professional plant protection products in Great Britain (England, Scotland or Wales) the deadline to notify Defra was 22 September 2021.

If you have not yet done so, you should notify Defra immediately.

The guidance on explains how to use these forms and who needs to register.

You do not need to notify Defra if:

  • You use pesticides, but not as part of your work - for example in your garden at your home
  • Your business is in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man

If your business is located in Northern Ireland, you should notify DAERA and can find further information on the DAERA website.

Source: Defra

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