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Current legislation

  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1257/2014 of 24 November 2014 amending Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers for the purposes of adapting Annexes I and IV (Text with EEA relevance)
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 463/2013 of 17 May 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers for the purposes of adapting Annexes I, II and IV thereto to technical progress.
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 223/2012 of 14 March 2012 amending Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers for the purposes of adapting Annexes I and IV thereto to technical progress.
  • Dutch corrigenda to Commission Regulation (EC) No 137/2011 (OJ L 277, 22.10.2011, p36)
  • Czech corrigenda to Commission Regulation (EC) No 137/2011 (OJ L 247, 24.9.2011, p. 59)
  • Commmission Regulation (EC) No 137/2011 of 16 February 2011 amending Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers for the purposes of adapting Annexes I and IV thereto to technical progress
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1020/2009 of 28 October 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers for the purposes of adapting Annexes I, III, IV and V thereto to technical progress
  • Consolidated version of Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1107/2008 of 7 November 2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers for the purpose of adapting Annexes I and IV thereto to technical progress
  • Corrigenda to Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers (OJ L 267, 12.10.2007, p 23)
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 162/2007 of 19 February 2007 amending Regulation (EC) N° 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers for the purpose of adapting Annexes I and IV thereto to technical progress
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 2076/2004 of 3 December 2004 adapting for the first time Annex I of Regulation (EC) No. 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers (EDDHSA and triple superphosphate)
  • Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 relating to fertilisers

Derogations from current legislation

  • France

    Commission Decision 2003/1/EC pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

The derogation was not granted.

  • Austria

    Commission Decision 2006/349/EC pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
  • Finland

    Commission Decision 2006/348/EC pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
  • Sweden

    Commission Decision 2006/347/EC pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

    On 17.10.2011, the Kingdom of Sweden notified its intention to introduce national provisions to lower the admissible content of cadmium in phosphate fertilisers marketed in Sweden.

    The period available to the Commission for taking a decision on the Swedish request has been extended to 18.10.2012 to take into account the opinion of the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks.

    Commission Decision 2012/230/EU pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

On 17.10.2012, the Commission notified the Kingdom of Sweden of its final decision.

Commission Decision 2012/719/EU pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

  • Czech Republic

    Commission Decision 2006/390/EC pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

    The Czech Republic requested a derogation on 1.12.2005. The period available to the Commission for taking a decision was extended to 6.12.2006 pending an opinion of the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks. Communication JO C 314 of 21.12.2006 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

    The Czech Republic withdrew its request for a derogation regarding the limit of cadmium in fertilisers. The derogation was not granted.

Repealed/Expired legislation

The following texts are available in all EU languages. Please follow the link and then click on the language of your choice in the upper right hand corner.

Commission Decision 2002/399/EC pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of 24 May 2002 on the national provisions notified by the Kingdom of Sweden under Article 95(4) of the EC Treaty concerning the maximum admissible content of cadmium in fertilisers

Commission Decision 2002/398/EC pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of 24 May 2002 on the national provisions notified by the Republic of Finland under Article 95(4) of the EC Treaty concerning the maximum admissible content of cadmium in fertilisers

Commission Decision 2002/366/EC pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of 15 May 2002 on the national provisions notified by the Republic of Austria under Article 95(4) of the EC Treaty concerning the maximum admissible content of cadmium in fertilisers

Complementary information to the current legislation

To make a proposal for a new type of EC fertilisers, a guide to the compilation of a technical file on applications to designate fertilisers EC fertiliser pursuant to Regulation 2003/2003 is now available.

Guide as published in the OJ C 250 of 08.10.2005 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) (not available in Maltese).Guide as published in the OJ C 250 of 08.10.2005 is repealed on 01.10.2008 by the following document pdf - 73 KB [73 KB] (translation in all Community languages excepted Maltese) will be available as soon as possible. (update: 09/02/2009)

Mutual recognition of national fertilisers

Non-binding guidance documents on the use of the Mutual Recognition Regulation for national fertilisers.

What it the Mutual Recognition Regulation?

Contacts

Studies

The Commission intends to revise Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 and to extent its scope. The revision will be supported by several studies which are detailed below.

  1. In the context of the Framework Contract signed on 16 June 2009 between the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services LLP and the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, an evaluation of the Fertilisers Regulation was conducted to assess its functioning and identify its potential for improvement. The study aimed also to assess how far the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 764/2008 on mutual recognition to national fertilisers is an issue for economic operators and public administration.

    The final report pdf - 529 KB [529 KB]
  2. A technical study collected information on the ingredients currently used for the production of fertilisers in the EU. The study also developed policy options and assessed their technical and legal feasibility in terms of human health and environmental protection, socio-economic impacts and administrative burden.

    The final report pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] with Annexes pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] .
  3. The science of Plants Biostimulants - A bibliographic Analysis
    The objectives of this study were to evaluate the scientific robustness of the concept of plant biostimulants, to identify the substances and materials covered by the term biostimulant in the scientific databases, to propose a definition based on the modes of action described by the scientific literature, and, on this basis, to draw conclusions regarding the possible future status of biostimulants in the EU law.

    The final report pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]
  4. In the context of the framework contract on Competitiveness Proofing, an ex-ante evaluation of the proposed policy options on competitiveness was conducted by an external contractor. The analysis focused mainly on the impact on the capacity to innovate, on costs competitiveness and on the relative competitive position of the EU fertilisers producers and farmers

    The final report pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
  5. Study on a legal framework for plant bio-stimulants and agronomic fertiliser additives in the EU

    The study report explores several existing regulatory frameworks directly linked to this categories of fertilising additives and established by several Member States. It also examine indirectly linked EU regulations as benchmark for finding the balanced approach to be proposed by the Commission in its intended revision proposal for a Fertilisers Regulation. The report examines the data to be required, the procedure to be established, the scientific body to be designated as well as the administrative costs associated with this possible future registration approach for plant biostimulant and agronomic fertilisers additives.

  The final report

Meetings of the Fertilisers Working Group

The Fertiliser Working Group (FWG) is an expert group which advises the European Commission  on questions related to the implementation of Regulation (EC) N° 2003/2003 relating to fertilisers.

FWG is composed of representatives of Member States competent authorities, representatives of competent authorities of EEA-EFTA countries as well as observers such as EU industry and trade associations, NGOs and trade unions. More information about its composition

Publicly available documents from the FWG (from 2014 onwards) can be found on the CircaBC platform (no registration or login required) under the group called "fertilisers" in the folder "1 – Meetings". Instructions to access the CircaBC folder

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