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Fertilisers are chemical compounds applied to promote plant and fruit growth. The purpose of Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 on mineral fertilisers is to allow the free circulation within the internal market of 'EC fertilisers' i.e. those fertilisers which comply with the fertiliser type designations specified in the Regulation.

It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to make sure that a fertiliser labelled as 'EC Fertiliser' meets the technical and labelling requirements of that Regulation. The Fertilisers Regulation is intended to guarantee to the farmer the minimum nutrient content of mineral fertilisers and also the safety of high nitrogen content ammonium nitrate fertilisers. Growing media, soil improvers and organo and organo-mineral fertilisers are not covered by this Community legislation.

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