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PR(09)24: Norway fails to incorporate and implement rules relating to the placing of biocidal products on the market

18.3.2009

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to send four reasoned opinions to Norway for failure to incorporate one regulation relating to biocidal products[1] and to implement three directives concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market[2].

Norway should have incorporated the regulation by 9 June 2007 and it should have implemented the three directives by 1 January 2008, 31 December 2007 and 29 February 2008.

The European regulatory framework for the placing on the market of biocidal products, i.e. non-agricultural pesticides, aims to ensure a high level of protection for man and the environment and the proper functioning of the internal market.To this end, it provides, among others, for an evaluation of all active substances used in biocidal products. Regulation (EC) No 1849/2006 relates to the review programme of these substances. Based on the evaluation of these active substances, a decision is taken at European level on whether such substances can be included in the annexes of Directive 98/8/EC as active substances that can be used in biocidal products.

Issuing a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority could bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Norway fails to produce a satisfactory reply within three months of receiving the reasoned opinion.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Ms. Tuula Nieminen
Deputy Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 67

18 March 2009



[1] Commission Regulation (EC) No 1849/2006 of 14 December 2006 amending Regulation (EC) No 2032/2003 concerning the second phase of the 10-year work programme referred to in Article 16(2) of Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market (OJ L 355, 15.12.2006, p. 63).

[2]Commission Directive 2006/50/EC of 29 May 2006 amending Annexes IVA and IVB to Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market (OJ L 142, 30.5.2006, p. 6); Commission Directive 2006/140/EC of 20 December 2006 amending Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council to include sulfuryl fluoride as an active substance in Annex I thereto (OJ L 414, 30.12.2006, p. 78) and Commission Directive 2007/20/EC of 3 April 2007 amending Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council to include dichlofluanid as an active substance in Annex I thereto (OJ L 94, 4.4.2007, p. 23).




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