October 31
2020
Dolores Utrilla
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16th October 2020
Consumer, Health & Environment Internal Market

Commission Implementing Regulations rejecting renewal of the active substance thiophanate-methyl for plants and approving L-methionine for animal species

Official publication has been made of two Commission Implementing Regulations adopted yesterday, on 15 October 2020, concerning the authorisation of certain substances in the area of plant products and additives for use in national nutrition:

(i) Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1498 concerning the non-renewal of approval of the active substance thiophanate-methyl, in accordance with Regulation 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation 540/2011.

This Implementing Regulation establishes that the approval of the active substance thiophanate-methyl (included as an active substance in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414 by Commission Directive 2005/53, and expiring on 31 October 2020) is not renewed, and orders Member States to withdraw authorisations for plant protection products containing it as active substance by 19 April 2021 at the latest. It further sets out that any grace period granted by Member States in accordance with Article 46 of Regulation 1107/2009 shall expire by 19 October 2021 at the latest.

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1498, which will enter into force on the third day following today’s official publication, is available here.

(ii) Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1497 concerning the authorisation of L-methionine produced by Corynebacterium glutamicum KCCM 80184 and Escherichia coli KCCM 80096 as a feed additive for all animal species, under Regulation 1831/2003 on the authorisation of additives for use in animal nutrition.

The authorisation contained in this regulation follows the opinion issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on 12 November 2019, concluding that, under the proposed conditions of use, this feed additive does not have an adverse effect on animal health, human health or the environment.

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1497, which will enter into force on the twentieth day following today’s official publication, is available here.

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