New use safety regulation for plant protection products

The Italian Ministry of Health has published Decree no. 33 of 22nd January 2018 (Regulation on the measures and requirements of plant protection products for a safe use by non professional users) on the Official Journal.

The decree includes the measures and requirements of plant protection products to prevent dangerous handling and ensure safe use by non professional users (the same user and all people that may come into direct or indirect contact with these products), during use or domestic storage. The decree also defines the requirements for the marketing and sale of these products.

Products complying with the decree and authorised for non professional use shall include the following wording on the label: “plant protection product intended for non professional users”. These products shall also include the acronyms PFnPO (for products to be used on ornamental plants in apartments, balconies and domestic gardens, and for the weeding of specific areas inside domestic gardens) or PFnPE (for products to be used on edible plants, intended for food consumption as whole plant or some of its parts and for the weeding of specific areas inside the cultivated area). The labels shall also include the crops and the further fields of use which the product is authorized for.