Authorisations and EAMUs for plant protection products under the Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR) were originally issued with a final use by date of 31st December 2013. This date was chosen to allow time for decisions to be taken on Annex I inclusion. Subsequently CRD extended this ‘use by’ date to 31st December 2021 as more time was required to complete the process of Annex I inclusion and to allow time for re-registration of products.
Many EAMUs which were issued before the decision to extend the ‘use by’ date still show expiry dates of 31st December 2013 and these will not be re-issued with new expiry dates. Therefore, if a SOLA/EAMU document appears to have an expiry date earlier than today, then the Final Use Date given in LIAISON and the CRD EAMU database is correct, NOT that given in the document. The EAMUs/SOLAs can therefore continue to be used until the product expiry date.
CRD has suggested that in order to support what appears to be expired EAMU’s for assurance scheme purposes that growers should, in addition to printing off the EAMU, print CRD Regulatory update 24/2010 and the results page from the CRD EAMU database, including the Explanatory Notes, from where the EAMU was obtained:
- EAMU database https://secure.pesticides.gov.uk/offlabels/search.asp
- Regulatory update 24/2010 http://www.pesticides.gov.uk/guidance/industries/pesticides/topics/pesticide-approvals/pesticides-registration/applicant-guide/updates/extension-to-back-stop-expiry-dates-for-copr-products
EAMUs issued after 18th of May 2012 will not include the specific EAMU expiry date, unless this is shorter than the final use date of the authorised product.
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DISCLAIMERExtension of Authorisation for Minor Uses (EAMUs) are granted only in relation to a particular product for specific uses. It is an offence to use an approved product in a manner that does not comply with the specific conditions of approval that is laid down in the statutory Appendix 1 “Conditions of Extension of Authorisation” of the EAMU. To demonstrate compliance with such terms, a user must have read and understood the document before commencing spraying operations. Possession of a current EAMU document is generally taken as part of the “burden of proof” of this requirement. Only the original EAMU document, held by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (“CRD”), constitutes a valid legal document. No reliance should be placed on a EAMU by a user in relation to products which, although similar to an approved product, are not expressly covered by the EAMU. These Extension of Authorisation documents have been supplied directly by CRD and reproduced here. Although every care has been taken, these documents are being conveyed to you electronically and therefore CRD cannot be held responsible for any corruption occurring during the transmission process. If users are in any doubt as to the fidelity of the information received they should seek reference to the “hard copy” version available from CRD, AHDB Horticulture or the NFU. While AHDB , operating through AHDB Horticulture seeks to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of printing no warranty is given in respect thereof and, to the maximum extent permitted by law the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board accepts no liability for loss, damage or injury howsoever caused (including that caused by negligence) or suffered directly or indirectly in relation to information and opinions contained in or omitted from this document. © Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board 2014. All rights reserved.