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Commission Directive 2009/51/EC of 25 May 2009 amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC as regards the specification of the active substance nicosulfuron (Text with EEA relevance)

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Commission Directive 2009/51/EC

of 25 May 2009

amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC as regards the specification of the active substance nicosulfuron

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 91/414/EEC of 15 July 1991 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market(1), and in particular the second indent of the second subparagraph of Article 6(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1) After a review in which the United Kingdom acted as rapporteur Member State, Commission Directive 2008/40/EC(2) included the active substance nicosulfuron in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC. As regards purity, Directive 2008/40/EC sets a minimum level of 930 g/kg. That level was based on the specification submitted by the notifier.

(2) However, it is the usual practice to base the level of minimum purity on specifications drafted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations as regards purity and levels of impurity contained in active substances. The FAO specification on nicosulfuron(3) gives the minimum purity of 910 g/kg. That specification was included in the assessment report which was peer reviewed by the Member States and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and presented to the Commission on 29 November 2007 for nicosulfuron, in the format of the EFSA Scientific Report(4). Although the Community is entitled to set its own level of protection for public health, animal health and the environment, it is the general practice to use the FAO levels. To allow other producers complying with the FAO level to market their products, it is necessary to adapt the specification accordingly.

(3) It is therefore justified to modify the minimum purity for nicosulfuron.

(4) Since Article 2 of Directive 2008/40/EC requires Member States to apply the provisions implementing that Directive from 1 July 2009, the amended specification for nicosulfuron should also apply from this date, without prejudice to the other deadlines laid down by Article 3 of Directive 2008/40/EC. As a consequence, this Directive should enter into force as quickly as possible.

(5) It is therefore appropriate to amend Directive 91/414/EEC accordingly.

(6) The measures provided for in this Directive are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,

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(3)

709/TC 2006.

(4)

EFSA Scientific Report (2007) 120, 1-91, Conclusion regarding the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance nicosulfuron (finalised 29 November 2007).

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