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Short report of the meeting of the Standing Committee on Plant Health held on 16 June 2000 (SCPH 3/00)

President : G. Del Bino
All Member States were present.

1. Examination and possible opinion on a Draft Commission Directive concerning the inclusion of prohexadione calcium in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC (SANCO/1005/2000).

The following declarations were made:

Sweden: Since 1987, plant growth regulators are not allowed to be used in cereals in Sweden, except in rye for which there are no short straw (lodging resistant) varieties available at present. This regulation is based on a general restrictive national view on the use of all agrochemicals and is also in line with the Council Resolution of the 5th Environmental Action Programme. We also fear that allowing plant growth regulators may as a consequence indirectly increase the risk of nitrogen eutrophication.

Commission: At the adoption of the Uniform Principles by Council in 1997, the Council and Commission agreed to the following declaration:

"The Council and the Commission note that application of this Directive is without prejudice to the legislation if force concerning the protection of workers. The Council and the Commission state that this principle will be unequivocally clarified in Directive 91/414/EEC on the occasion of the first amendment of that Directive. The Commission intends to submit a proposal for such amendment within one year from the date of notification of this Directive."

The Commission can for its part confirm its agreement with this declaration (subject to adequate adaptation of the deadline in the declaration).

Vote : favourable opinion by qualified majority. One MS abstained.

2. Examination and possible opinion on a Draft Commission Directive concerning the inclusion of metsulfuron-methyl in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC (SANCO/987/2000 rev 4).

The following declarations were made:

Denmark: The Danish delegation notes that the degradation rate for the breakdown product triazine amine given in the end point list of metsulfuron-methyl exceeds 6 months, which indicates that this metabolite is highly persistent. However, the notifier has submitted some of the new studies mentioned in the review report to Denmark, and on the background of these it is concluded that triazine amine is not persistent (DT50 < 3 months).

Sweden supports the declaration of Denmark.

The Netherlands: The Dutch delegation is of the opinion that the dermal AOEL provided in the list of endpoints seems not in accordance with the systemic AOEL, given the properties of metsulfuron-methyl. The delegation concludes that the dermal AOEL in the list of endpoints may not be appropriate for all decisions for authorisation of plant protection products containing metsulfuron-methyl and that the systemic AOEL should be used. The delegation requests the Commission to speed up the adoption of the Guidance document on AOEL setting, which is under development.

Denmark supported the declaration of The Netherlands.

Commission: At the adoption of the Uniform Principles by Council in 1997, the Council and Commission agreed to the following declaration:

"The Council and the Commission note that application of this Directive is without prejudice to the legislation if force concerning the protection of workers. The Council and the Commission state that this principle will be unequivocally clarified in Directive 91/414/EEC on the occasion of the first amendment of that Directive. The Commission intends to submit a proposal for such amendment within one year from the date of notification of this Directive."

The Commission can for its part confirm its agreement with this declaration (subject to adequate adaptation of the deadline in the declaration).

The Commission subsequently presented the draft Commission Directive concerning the inclusion of Metsulfuron-methyl in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC.

Vote : unanimous favourable opinion.

2. Examination and possible opinion on a Draft Commission Decision recognising the completeness of the dossier submitted for detailed examination with a view to the possible inclusion of zoxamide, milbemectin, pyraclostrobin and foramsulfuron in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC (SANCO/1327/2000).

Vote : unanimous favourable opinion.

3. Guidance document on residue analytical methods (SANCO/825/00-rev6).

The Committee took note of the document.

The measures on which the Committee has given its opinion are subject to the appropriate procedures for formal adoption by the Commission.



 
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