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Toxic products (trade, distribution and use)

Which products are covered?

  • pesticides
  • poisonous substances
  • medical products (phytopharmaceuticals and products intended for use as food preservatives)
  • herbicides
  • noxious products for use in industry
  • toxic gases
  • medico-surgical products (such as bactericides, germicides, and disinfectants)
  • cosmetic products and dyes containing poisonous substances.

The list varies from one EU country to another.

Professional qualifications

In some EU countries, specific qualifications are required in order to be able to carry on these activities. However, you may carry on these activities even if you come from another EU country and do not have the necessary qualifications, provided that you provide evidence of your professional experience.

Required professional experience

Trade and distribution of toxic products

Self-employed persons or company directors
QualificationsPursuit of the professional activity in the country of origin
No qualifications5 consecutive years
Certificate of aptitude2 consecutive years
Training attested by a certificate3 consecutive years
Employed persons
QualificationsPursuit of the professional activity in the country of origin
Certificate of aptitude3 consecutive years
Training attested by a certificate4 consecutive years

 

Professional use of toxic products

Self-employed persons or company directors
QualificationsPursuit of the professional activity in the country of origin
No qualifications6 consecutive years
Certificate of aptitude3 consecutive years
Training attested by a certificate4 consecutive years
Employed persons
QualificationsPursuit of the professional activity in the country of origin
Certificate of aptitude4 consecutive years
Training attested by a certificate5 consecutive years

 

Directive 74/557/EEC on freedom of establishment and to provide services – self-employed persons and intermediaries engaging in trade of toxic products.

Directive 74/556/EEC – transitional measures relating to trade in toxic products and professional use of such products.