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Legislation on Agrochemicals especially Plant Protection Products (PPP)

Since decades we supervise and advise companies which deal with the production, authorisation and trade of plant production products. A specialized consultation is necessary due to the individual characteristics of the regulatory affairs, the customs of the trade and the various markets.

Consultation

Our comprehensive advice of manufacturers, consulting companies, traders and end users under German and European law covers especially:

We counsel our clients and their consultants in person.

Litigation
Our litigation practice is focusing on representing clients' interests in agrochemical litigation, in particular regarding:

  • Actions for failure to act against German authorities
  • Actions for the grant of authorisations
  • Actions for compensation due to breach of official duty

PPP-News:

In the next issue of the legal journal AUR, Dr. Alexander Koof will make a comprehensive legal assessment of the question of whether it is legally...

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Dr. Alexander Koof nimmt in der nächsten Ausgabe der juristischen Fachzeitschrift AUR eine umfassende rechtliche Bewertung zu der Frage vor, ob es...

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Brexit

Eine von Großbritannien vor einem Austritt aus der Europäischen Union (Brexit) erteilte Zulassung für ein Pflanzenschutzmittel kann auch nach einem...

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In November 2015, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) presented a concept for the protection of biodiversity. According to this concept, unacceptable...

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Im November 2015 stellte das Umweltbundesamt (UBA) ein Konzept zum Schutz der biologischen Vielfalt vor. Hiernach sollen durch die Festlegung von...

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The German Plant Protection Act governes that the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) must involve the Julius Kühn...

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Limited examination competence of Germany as cMS

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The Administrative Court Braunschweig upheld the claims of a manufacturer of plant protection products for the authorisation of two plant protection...

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Legislation on Biocides

Biocidal products are in general any substance or mixture, in the form in which it is supplied to the user, consisting of one or more active substances, with the intention of destroying, deterring, rendering harmless, preventing the action of, or otherwise exerting a controlling effect on, any harmful organism by any means other than mere physical or mechanical action. They are necessary for the control of organisms that are harmful to human or animal health and for the control of organisms that cause damage to natural or manufactured materials. Biocidal products are divided into the following groups in accordance with Annex V to Biocides Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012:

  • Disinfectants
  • Preservatives
  • Pest control
  • Other biocidal products

The Biocides Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012 serves the legal basis for the authorisation of biocidal products in Europe. The authorisation procedure is in addition regulated by the German Chemicals Act (ChemG). The Federal Office for Chemicals (BfC) at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) is the competent authority regarding the authorisation of biocidal products in Germany.

We advise our clients in all questions concerning biocide law, in particular regarding:

  • Authorisation of biocidal active substances
  • Authorisation of biocidal products (BP) in Germany
  • Article 95-List
  • Data sharing and Letter of Access (LoA)
  • Classification and labelling of biocidal products
  • Advertising and compliance
  • Consortia / Task Forces
  • Opposition proceedings
  • Lawsuits
  • Competition law
  • Drafting of contracts