DG Health and Consumers
- Current languageen
The term “pesticides” covers insecticides, acaricides, herbicides, fungicides, plant growth regulators, rodenticides, biocides and veterinary medicines. Pesticides are chemical compounds used to:
- Kill, repel or control pests to protect crops before and after harvest;
- Influence the life processes of plants;
- Destroy weeds or prevent their growth;
- Preserve plant products.
Pesticides can have severe undesirable effects if they are not strictly regulated. No pesticide can be used in the EU unless it is scientifically proven that it:
- Doesn’t harm people's health;
- Has no unacceptable effects on the environment;
- Is effective against pests.
EU rules on plant protection products establish a “dual” system:
- The Commission approves the active substances contained in the products;
- EU countries authorise the products on their territory and ensure compliance with EU rules.