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CE marked fertilising products [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Didier Bourguignon (3rd 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 is expected to adopt its position on the proposal in October 2017. The Council is continuing to consider the proposal at working party level.

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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)  

COM(2016)157 of 17.03.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0084(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure



Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz (EPP, Hungary)

to be replaced

Associated committees (Rule 54):


Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)

Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)

Associated committees’ rapporteurs for opinion:


ENVI – Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, Italy)

AGRI – Jan Huitema (ALDE, the Netherlands)

Next steps expected: Plenary vote, October 2017


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