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CE marked fertilising products [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Didier Bourguignon (1st edition),

CE marked fertilising products

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Fertilising products are used to improve plant growth, mainly in agriculture, enabling higher crop yields. However, they are associated with some challenges as regards security of supply, the environment and health.

Although the 2003 Fertilisers Regulation, which aimed at ensuring an internal market in fertilisers, has been effective, it mainly addresses mineral fertilisers and deters the introduction of new types of fertilisers.

In March 2016, the Commission put forward a legislative proposal on fertilising products, as announced in the circular economy action plan. The proposal modernises the conformity assessment and market surveillance in line with the ‘new legislative framework’ for product legislation, covers a wider range of fertilising products (including those manufactured from secondary raw materials), and sets limits for the presence of heavy metals and contaminants in fertilising products.

Stakeholders’ reactions have been mixed. The European Parliament’s Committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) is expected to consider the proposal in the coming months.



Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009
Committee responsible:


Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)

Adam SZEJNFELD (EPP, Poland)


COM(2016)157 of 17.03.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0084(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure

Next steps expected: Consideration in IMCO Committee

`Stage: Commission proposal


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