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2008 EN Official Journal of the European Union L 87/5

DIRECTIVES

COMMISSION DIRECTIVE 2008/40/EC


of 28 March 2008
amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC to include amidosulfuron and nicosulfuron as active
substances
(Text with EEA relevance)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES, and nicosulfuron, in the format of the EFSA Scientific
Reports (4). These reports have been reviewed by the
Member States and the Commission within the
Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European
Health and finalised on 22 January 2008 in the format
Community,
of the Commission review reports for amidosulfuron and
nicosulfuron.

Having regard to Council Directive 91/414/EEC of 15 July 1991


concerning the placing of plant protection products on the (4) It has appeared from the various examinations made that
market (1), and in particular Article 6(1) thereof, plant protection products containing amidosulfuron and
nicosulfuron may be expected to satisfy, in general, the
requirements laid down in Article 5(1)(a) and (b) of
Directive 91/414/EEC, in particular with regard to the
Whereas: uses which were examined and detailed in the
Commission review reports. It is therefore appropriate
to include these active substances in Annex I, in order
(1) Commission Regulations (EC) No 451/2000 (2) and (EC) to ensure that in all Member States the authorisations of
No 1490/2002 (3) lay down the detailed rules for the plant protection products containing these active
implementation of the third stage of the programme of substances can be granted in accordance with the
work referred to in Article 8(2) of Directive 91/414/EEC provisions of that Directive.
and establish a list of active substances to be assessed,
with a view to their possible inclusion in Annex I to (5) A reasonable period should be allowed to elapse before
Directive 91/414/EEC. That list includes amidosulfuron an active substance is included in Annex I in order to
and nicosulfuron. permit Member States and the interested parties to
prepare themselves to meet the new requirements
which will result from the inclusion.
(2) For those active substances the effects on human health
and the environment have been assessed in accordance
(6) Without prejudice to the obligations defined by Directive
with the provisions laid down in Regulations (EC) No
91/414/EEC as a consequence of including an active
451/2000 and (EC) No 1490/2002 for a range of uses
substance in Annex I, Member States should be
proposed by the notifiers. Moreover, those Regulations
allowed a period of six months after inclusion to
designate the rapporteur Member States which have to
review existing authorisations of plant protection
submit the relevant assessment reports and recommen-
products containing amidosulfuron and nicosulfuron to
dations to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in
ensure that the requirements laid down by Directive
accordance with Article 10(1) of Regulation (EC) No
91/414/EEC, in particular in its Article 13 and the
1490/2002. For amidosulfuron and nicosulfuron the
relevant conditions set out in Annex I, are satisfied.
rapporteur Member States were Austria and the United
Member States should vary, replace or withdraw, as
Kingdom and all relevant information was submitted on
appropriate, existing authorisations, in accordance with
31 May 2005 and 7 December 2005 respectively.
the provisions of Directive 91/414/EEC. By way of dero-
gation from the above deadline, a longer period should
be provided for the submission and assessment of the
(3) The assessment reports have been peer reviewed by the complete Annex III dossier of each plant protection
Member States and the EFSA and presented to the product for each intended use in accordance with the
Commission on 22 January 2007 for amidosulfuron uniform principles laid down in Directive 91/414/EEC.

(1) OJ L 230, 19.8.1991, p. 1. Directive as last amended by (4) EFSA Scientific Report (2007) 116, 1-86, Conclusion regarding the
Commission Directive 2007/76/EC (OJ L 337, 21.12.2007, p. 100). peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance
(2) OJ L 55, 29.2.2000, p. 25. Regulation as last amended by Regu- amidosulfuron (finalised 14 November 2007).
lation (EC) No 1044/2003 (OJ L 151, 19.6.2003, p. 32). EFSA Scientific Report (2007) 120, 1-91, Conclusion regarding the
(3) OJ L 224, 21.8.2002, p. 23. Regulation as last amended by Regu- peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance
lation (EC) No 1095/2007 (OJ L 246, 21.9.2007, p. 19). nicosulfuron (finalised 29 November 2007).
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(7) The experience gained from previous inclusions in Annex By that date they shall in particular verify that the conditions in
I to Directive 91/414/EEC of active substances assessed Annex I to that Directive relating to amidosulfuron and nico-
in the framework of Commission Regulation (EEC) No sulfuron are met, with the exception of those identified in part
3600/92 (1) has shown that difficulties can arise in inter- B of the entry concerning that active substance, and that the
preting the duties of holders of existing authorisations in holder of the authorisation has, or has access to, a dossier
relation to access to data. In order to avoid further diffi- satisfying the requirements of Annex II to that Directive in
culties it therefore appears necessary to clarify the duties accordance with the conditions of Article 13 of that Directive.
of the Member States, especially the duty to verify that
the holder of an authorisation demonstrates access to a 2. By way of derogation from paragraph 1, for each
dossier satisfying the requirements of Annex II to that authorised plant protection product containing amidosulfuron
Directive. However, this clarification does not impose any and nicosulfuron as either the only active substance or as one
new obligations on Member States or holders of author- of several active substances all of which were listed in Annex I
isations compared to the directives which have been to Directive 91/414/EEC by 31 October 2008 at the latest,
adopted until now amending Annex I. Member States shall re-evaluate the product in accordance
with the uniform principles provided for in Annex VI to
(8) It is therefore appropriate to amend Directive Directive 91/414/EEC, on the basis of a dossier satisfying the
91/414/EEC accordingly. requirements of Annex III to that Directive and taking into
account part B of the entry in Annex I to that Directive
concerning amidosulfuron and nicosulfuron respectively. On
(9) The measures provided for in this Directive are in the basis of that evaluation, they shall determine whether the
accordance with the opinion of the Standing product satisfies the conditions set out in Article 4(1)(b), (c), (d)
Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, and (e) of Directive 91/414/EEC.

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE: Following that determination Member States shall:

Article 1 (a) in the case of a product containing amidosulfuron and


nicosulfuron as the only active substance, where necessary,
Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC is amended as set out in the amend or withdraw the authorisation by 31 October 2012
Annex to this Directive. at the latest; or

Article 2 (b) in the case of a product containing amidosulfuron and


nicosulfuron as one of several active substances, where
Member States shall adopt and publish by 30 April 2009 at the
necessary, amend or withdraw the authorisation by
latest the laws, regulations and administrative provisions
31 October 2012 or by the date fixed for such an
necessary to comply with this Directive. They shall forthwith
amendment or withdrawal in the respective Directive or
communicate to the Commission the text of those provisions
Directives which added the relevant substance or substances
and a correlation table between those provisions and this
to Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC, whichever is the latest.
Directive.
Article 4
They shall apply those provisions from 1 May 2009.
This Directive shall enter into force on 1 November 2008.
When Member States adopt those provisions, they shall contain
a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such a Article 5
reference on the occasion of their official publication. Member This Directive is addressed to the Member States.
States shall determine how such reference is to be made.

Article 3 Done at Brussels, 28 March 2008.


1. Member States shall in accordance with Directive
91/414/EEC, where necessary, amend or withdraw existing For the Commission
authorisations for plant protection products containing amido-
sulfuron and nicosulfuron as active substances by 30 April Androulla VASSILIOU
2009. Member of the Commission

(1) OJ L 366, 15.12.1992, p. 10. Regulation as last amended by Regu-


lation (EC) No 2266/2000 (OJ L 259, 13.10.2000, p. 27).
ANNEX 29.3.2008

The following entry shall be added at the end of the table in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC:

Common name,
No IUPAC name Purity (1) Entry into force Expiration of inclusion Specific provisions
identification numbers
EN

‘175 Amidosulfuron 3-(4,6-dimethoxypyrimidin-2-yl)-1- ≥ 970 g/kg 1 January 2009 31 December 2018 PART A
CAS No 120923-37-7 (N-methyl-N-methylsulfonyl-
aminosulfonyl)urea Only uses as herbicide may be authorised.
CIPAC No 515
or PART B
1-(4,6-dimethoxypyrimidin-2-yl)-3- In assessing applications to authorise plant protection
mesyl(methyl) sulfamoylurea products containing amidosulfuron for uses other than
meadows and pasture, Member States shall pay particular
attention to the criteria in Article 4(1)(b), and shall ensure
that any necessary data and information is provided before
such an authorisation is granted.

For the implementation of the uniform principles of Annex


VI, the conclusions of the review report on amidosulfuron,
and in particular Appendices I and II thereof, as finalised in
the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal
Health on 22 January 2008 shall be taken into account.

In this overall assessment Member States must pay particular


attention to:

— the protection of groundwater due to a potential for


groundwater contamination by some of the degradation
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products when it is applied in regions with vulnerable soil


and/or climatic conditions,

— the protection of aquatic plants.

In relation to these identified risks, risk mitigation measures,


such as buffer zones, should be applied where appropriate.
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Common name,
No IUPAC name Purity (1) Entry into force Expiration of inclusion Specific provisions
identification numbers
L 87/8

176 Nicosulfuron 2-[(4,6-dimethoxypyrimidin-2- ≥ 930 g/kg 1 January 2009 31 December 2018 PART A
CAS No 111991-09-4 ylcarbamoyl)sulfamoyl]-N,N-
dimethylnicotinamide Only uses as herbicide may be authorised.
CIPAC No 709
EN

or PART B
1-(4,6-dimethoxypyrimidin-2-yl)-3- For the implementation of the uniform principles of Annex
(3-dimethylcarbamoyl-2- VI, the conclusions of the review report on nicosulfuron, and
pyridylsulfonyl)urea in particular Appendices I and II thereof, as finalised in the
Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health
on 22 January 2008 shall be taken into account.

In this overall assessment Member States must pay particular


attention to:

— the potential exposure of the aquatic environment to


metabolite DUDN when nicosulfuron is applied in
regions with vulnerable soil conditions,

— the protection of aquatic plants and must ensure that the


conditions of authorisation include, where appropriate,
risk mitigation measures such as buffer zones,

— the protection of non-target plants and must ensure that


the conditions of authorisation include, where appro-
priate, risk mitigation measures such as an in-field no-
spray buffer zone,

— the protection of groundwater and surface water under


vulnerable soil and climatic conditions.’
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(1) Further details on identity and specification of active substance are provided in the review report.
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