The new regulation will retain the two-tier nature of the present system. Active substances will continue to be approved at EU level and included in a list. This 'positive list' is established using the approval criteria laid down in the regulation and on the basis of a scientific assessment by the member states and the European Food Safety Authority.
New rules for pesticides in the EU
On 23 June, the Agriculture Council agreed a common position on new rules for placing plant protection products on the market in the EU. The objective is to increase protection for human health and the environment and improve the functioning of the internal market.