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New legislation in draft or under consideration

(Draft due spring 2015)

The European Commission is considering new legislation to cover all fertilisers in the EU.

AIC Summary:

  • There was strong interest among member states/ stakeholders to fully harmonise the market, create a level playing field and impose tighter restrictions on some waste materials that were being marketed as fertilisers. 
  • Others reasons to revise the existing legislation included: the need to reduce the administrative burdens on member states, provide more flexibility to introduce new products and speed up the designation process. 
  • Four stakeholder working groups had been set up to discuss the proposed changes to the legislation. AIC had been given a seat on two of the WGs and had been a corresponding member of the other two. 
  • Widely diverging views had been expressed on a number of issues, including the setting of mandatory ceilings on heavy metals. However, these were brainstorming meetings only. The groups had no regulatory powers. 
  • There appeared to be a consensus that the Regulation should be expanded to cover organic and organo-mineral materials, soil improvers, growing media and bio-stimulants. 

Update: The Commission is currently considering all the comments/proposals and is preparing a regulatory impact assessment, which it is anticipated will be issued in late 2014/early 2015, together with a revised draft Regulation. This will pass to the EU Council and Parliament for further debate, before being implemented in 2016/17. A presentation on the conclusions of the Working Groups and the outline thinking of the Commission is below.

Related documents

  1. Essential requirements EC working group proposals for discussion


    Fertilisers Working Group meeting

  2. Draft EU fertiliser specifications


  3. European Commission WG1 Conclusions


    Draft Conclusions of the first meeting on 16 January 2012

  4. European Commission WG2 Conclusions


    Draft Conclusions of the 1st Meeting on 17th of January, 2012

  5. European Commission WG3 Conclusions


    Draft conclusions of the 1st meeting on 18 January 2012

  6. European Commission WG4 Conclusions


    Draft Conclusions of the 1st Meeting on 13 February 2012