Search Legislation

The EC Fertilisers (Scotland) Regulations 2006

 Help about what version

What Version

 Help about advanced features

Advanced Features

 Help about opening options

Opening Options

Changes over time for: The EC Fertilisers (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (without Schedules)

 Help about opening options

Changes to legislation:

The EC Fertilisers (Scotland) Regulations 2006 is up to date with all changes known to be in force on or before 20 February 2020. There are changes that may be brought into force at a future date. Changes that have been made appear in the content and are referenced with annotations. Help about Changes to Legislation

Close

Changes to Legislation

Revised legislation carried on this site may not be fully up to date. Changes and effects are recorded by our editorial team in lists which can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area. Where those effects have yet to be applied to the text of the legislation by the editorial team they are also listed alongside the legislation in the affected provisions. Use the ‘more’ link to open the changes and effects relevant to the provision you are viewing.

View outstanding changes

Changes and effects yet to be applied to :

PART I SGeneral

Citation, commencement and extentS

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the EC Fertilisers (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and shall come into force on 4th December 2006.

(2) These Regulations extend to Scotland only.

InterpretationS

2.—(1) In these Regulations–

the Community Regulation” means Regulation (EC) 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13th October 2003 relating to fertilisersF1 [F2, as last amended by Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1618];

inspector” means a person appointed under regulation 11(2) or 14(3);

operator” means a person to whom an approval has been issued and not withdrawn in respect of a laboratory–

(a)

pursuant to regulation 16(1); or

(b)

as described in regulation 16(3); and

premises” includes any land, building, vehicle or trailer, container, stall or moveable structure, ship or other vessel, or aircraft.

(2) In these Regulations–

(a)a reference to a numbered Article or numbered Annex is a reference to the Article in, or Annex to, the Community Regulation so numbered;

(b)any reference to a numbered regulation is a reference to the regulation so numbered in these Regulations;

(c)any reference to a numbered paragraph is a reference to the paragraph so numbered in the regulation in which that paragraph occurs unless the reference is expressly stated to relate to a paragraph of an Article in the Community Regulation; and

(d)words or expressions that are used in the Community Regulation and these Regulations have the same meaning in these Regulations as in the Community Regulation.

F1O.J. No. L 304, 21.11.03, p.1 as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2076/2004 (O.J. No. L 359, 4.12.2004, p.25).

PART II SComposition, labelling and records

Types of fertiliser for which the designation “EC fertiliser” may be usedS

3.—(1) No manufacturer shall place on the market a fertiliser designated as an “EC fertiliser” unless–

(a)it is of a type listed in Annex I (list of types of EC fertilisers); and

(b)the manufacturer is established in accordance with Article 4 (establishment within the Community).

(2) Any manufacturer who contravenes paragraph (1) shall be guilty of an offence.

TolerancesS

4.  Any manufacturer who–

(a)places on the market a fertiliser designated as an EC fertiliser the content of which does not comply with the provisions in respect of tolerances set out in paragraphs (1) and (3) of Article 13 (tolerances); or

(b)fails to comply with Article 13(2),

shall be guilty of an offence.

General provisions relating to the marking, identification, labelling and packaging of EC fertilisersS

5.—(1) Any manufacturer who places on the market a fertiliser designated as an EC fertiliser shall be guilty of an offence unless the identification markings relating to it–

(a)are borne as specified in paragraph (1) of Article 9 (markings);

(b)comply with Article 9(2);

(c)include an expression of contents as specified in paragraphs (1)(a) and (d), (4), (5) and (6) of Article 6 (compulsory statements);

(d)include the additional instructions called for by Article 9(3), if it is a fluid fertiliser; and

(e)have been provided as required by paragraph (1) of Article 7 (identification).

(2) In addition to the requirements of paragraph (1), any manufacturer who places on the market a packaged fertiliser designated as an EC fertiliser shall be guilty of an offence unless–

(a)the identification markings appear as specified in the first sentence of Article 7(2);

(b)the packaging and labelling of the fertiliser complies with paragraphs (1) and (2) of Article 10 (labelling);

(c)the packaging complies with Article 12 (packaging); and

(d)the language in which those identification markings appear complies with Article 11 (languages).

(3) In addition to the requirements of paragraph (1), any manufacturer who places on the market a bulk fertiliser designated as an EC fertiliser shall be guilty of an offence unless–

(a)the identification markings appear as specified in the second sentence of Article 7(2);

(b)a copy of the documents containing the identification markings meets the requirements of Article 10(3); and

(c)the language in which the identification markings appear complies with Article 11.

Additional provisions relating to the marking and identification of inorganic primary nutrient fertilisersS

6.  Any manufacturer who places on the market a fertiliser–

(a)that is designated as an EC fertiliser;

(b)that is a fertiliser of the type described in Article 16 (scope); and

(c)for which a declaration of calcium, magnesium, sodium and sulphur content is made other than–

(i)in accordance with Articles 17 (declaration of secondary nutrients in primary nutrient fertilisers), 18 (calcium, magnesium, sodium and sulphur) and 19 (identification); and

(ii)as specified in Article 6(2)(c),

shall be guilty of an offence.

Additional provisions relating to the marking and identification of inorganic secondary nutrient fertilisersS

7.  Any manufacturer who places on the market a fertiliser that is–

(a)designated as an EC fertiliser;

(b)a fertiliser of the type described in Article 20 (scope); and

(c)not marked in accordance with Article 21 (identification) or for which a declaration of calcium, magnesium, sodium and sulphur content is made otherwise than as specified in Article 6(2)(c),

shall be guilty of an offence.

Additional provisions relating to the marking, identification and packaging of inorganic micro nutrient fertilisersS

8.  Any manufacturer who places on the market a fertiliser that is–

(a)designated as an EC fertiliser;

(b)a fertiliser of the type described in Article 22 (scope); and

(c)not marked in accordance with Article 23 (identification) or not packaged in accordance with Article 24 (packaging),

shall be guilty of an offence.

RecordsS

9.  Any manufacturer who fails to comply with the requirements of Article 8 (traceability) shall be guilty of an offence.

Compliance noticesS

10.—(1) This regulation applies where the Scottish Ministers are of the opinion that a manufacturer is placing on the market fertiliser that does not comply with the Community Regulation but that manufacturer has not committed an offence under regulations 3 to 9.

(2) If the Scottish Ministers are of the opinion described in paragraph (1) they may serve a notice in writing on the manufacturer giving reasons why they are of that opinion and requiring that manufacturer to take such steps as are specified in the notice within such period (being not less than 14 days, except in an emergency) as is so specified.

(3) The steps referred to in paragraph (2) are those that the Scottish Ministers regard as appropriate to cause them to cease to be of the opinion referred to in paragraph (1).

(4) Any manufacturer who fails to comply with a notice served under paragraph (2) shall be guilty of an offence unless the notice has been withdrawn.

PART III SEnforcement

Enforcement authoritiesS

11.—(1) These Regulations and the Community Regulation shall be enforced by the council.

(2) The council shall appoint inspectors for the purposes of these Regulations.

(3) For the purposes of this Part “the council” means the council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 F3 for the local government area designated by section 1(2) of, and Part I of Schedule 1 to, that Act.

Powers of entryS

12.—(1) An inspector shall, on producing, if so required, some duly authenticated document of authority, have a right at all reasonable hours to enter any premises for the purpose of ensuring that the provisions of these Regulations or the Community Regulation are being complied with.

(2) An inspector may be accompanied by–

(a)such other persons as the inspector considers necessary; and

(b)any representative of the European Commission acting for the purpose of enforcement of the Community Regulation.

(3) Admission to any premises used only as a private dwellinghouse shall not be demanded under paragraph (1) unless 24 hours notice of the intended entry has been given to the occupier, or the entry is in accordance with a warrant granted under this regulation.

(4) If a sheriff or a justice of the peace is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for entry into any premises for the purposes of the enforcement of these Regulations or the Community Regulation and–

(a)admission has been refused or a refusal is expected and (in either case) that notice of intention to apply for a warrant has been given to the occupier;

(b)asking for admission or the giving of a notice of intention to apply for a warrant would defeat the object of the entry;

(c)the case is one of urgency; or

(d)the premises are unoccupied or the occupier is temporarily absent,

the sheriff or the justice of the peace may by warrant authorise the inspector to enter the premises, by reasonable force if necessary.

(5) A warrant granted under this regulation shall continue in force for one month or until the purpose for which the warrant was granted has been fulfilled, whichever period is shorter.

(6) If an inspector enters any unoccupied premises that inspector shall leave them as effectively secured against unauthorised entry as that inspector found them.

Powers of inspectorsS

13.—(1) An inspector entering premises under regulation 12 may–

(a)inspect the premises and any plant, machinery or equipment;

(b)search the premises;

(c)inspect any material and take samples in the manner prescribed in Annex IV (methods of sampling and analysis);

(d)examine or seize any documents or records (including financial records);

(e)carry out any inquiries, examinations and tests;

(f)have access to, and inspect and copy any documents or records (in whatever form they are held) required to be kept by the Community Regulation, or remove such records to enable them to be copied provided they are returned as soon as reasonably practicable;

(g)have access to, inspect and check the operation of any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been in use in connection with the records; and

(h)seize any computer and associated equipment for the purpose of printing or copying documents or records provided they are returned as soon as reasonably practicable.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(f) and (g) an inspector–

(a)may require any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material to give such assistance as the inspector may reasonably require; and

(b)where a record is kept by means of a computer, may require the record to be produced in a form in which it may be taken away.

Special provisions relating to compliance noticesS

14.—(1) The council shall give the Scottish Ministers, on demand, such information as the Scottish Ministers consider that they require in order to exercise their functions under regulation 10.

(2) Where the Scottish Ministers suspect that a person has failed to comply with a notice served under regulation 10(2), they may require the council to take steps to find out whether such a failure has occurred.

(3) Where a council fails to take any step required of it under paragraph (2), the Scottish Ministers may appoint a person, who shall be deemed an inspector for the purposes of these Regulations, for the purpose of taking those steps and the costs of the Scottish Ministers incurred in relation to the appointment and the taking of those steps shall be recoverable from the council, on demand.

ObstructionS

15.—(1) Any person who–

(a)intentionally obstructs a person acting in the execution of these Regulations;

(b)without reasonable cause, fails to give a person acting for the purposes of these Regulations assistance or information which that person may reasonably require for the performance of their functions under these Regulations; or

(c)provides a person acting for the purposes of these Regulations with information which the person providing the information knows to be false or misleading,

shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) Nothing in paragraph (1)(b) shall be construed as requiring any person to answer a question if to do so might incriminate that person.

PART IV SApproved laboratories, treatment of samples and further controls

Approved laboratoriesS

16.—(1) The Scottish Ministers shall be responsible for the grant and withdrawal of approvals of laboratories for the purposes of paragraph (1) of Article 30 (approved laboratories) and a person may apply to the Scottish Ministers, in such form as they may require, for a laboratory to be so approved.

(2) In deciding whether to grant or withdraw approval of a laboratory pursuant to paragraph (1), the Scottish Ministers shall take into account the actual and expected competence of the laboratory to check compliance of fertilisers designated as EC Fertilisers in accordance with the requirements specified in Article 30(1) and section B of Annex V.

(3) An approval of a laboratory for the purposes of Article 30(1) granted by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs prior to the coming into force of these Regulations shall continue to have effect unless withdrawn pursuant to paragraph (1) of this regulation.

Treatment of samplesS

17.  In any proceedings for an offence under these Regulations (including an application to a sheriff under regulation 18(1)(b)) to which the content of a fertiliser is relevant–

(a)a court shall not conclude that a sample is representative of the fertiliser unless the sample–

(i)has been taken in accordance with Annex IV (methods of sampling and analysis); and

(ii)has been subjected to analysis in accordance with Annex IV in a laboratory listed in accordance with Article 30(2) or (5);

(b)a certificate given by a person that that person is an inspector and took a sample in accordance with Annex IV shall, unless the contrary is proved, be taken as evidence of that person being an inspector and having done so;

(c)a certificate given by an operator of a laboratory that the laboratory is approved for the purposes set out in Article 30(1) and that a sample was analysed in accordance with Annex IV shall, unless the contrary is proved, be evidence of the laboratory being so approved and the analysis having been so carried out; and

(d)the combination of the certificates referred to in paragraphs (b) and (c) shall, unless the contrary is proved, be taken as evidence that a sample is representative of the fertiliser.

Remedial action and seizureS

18.—(1) Where an inspector has reasonable grounds to believe that a fertiliser designated as an EC fertiliser is one in relation to which an offence under these Regulations has been committed the inspector may–

(a)serve on the person whom the inspector considers to be in charge of the fertiliser a notice requiring that person to take such action as is specified in the notice; or

(b)seize and retain the fertiliser and having done so shall make an application to a sheriff seeking its destruction or disposal.

(2) Where an inspector has served a notice under paragraph (1)(a)–

(a)the notice shall specify the grounds for the inspector's belief; and

(b)the action that may be specified is action to ensure that the fertiliser is removed from the market and not placed on the market again until it can be so placed without an offence under these Regulations being committed.

(3) Where an inspector has seized fertiliser under paragraph (1)(b)–

(a)the inspector shall retain the fertiliser until the application to the sheriff is withdrawn or finally determined;

(b)the inspector shall inform the person whom the inspector considers may be liable to prosecution under these Regulations of the grounds for the inspector's belief that an offence has been committed and that an application is to be made to the sheriff seeking destruction or disposal of the fertiliser;

(c)the person in question may attend before the sheriff who deals with the application and shall be entitled to be heard and may call witnesses; and

(d)if the sheriff finds that the fertiliser is one in relation to which an offence under these Regulations has been committed–

(i)the sheriff shall order that it be destroyed or disposed of in an appropriate manner; and

(ii)the sheriff may order that any expenses reasonably incurred in connection with the destruction or disposal shall be defrayed by the person in question.

(4) Any person who fails to comply with a notice given under paragraph (1)(a) shall be guilty of an offence.

Safeguard measuresS

19.—(1) Where the Scottish Ministers identify a risk of the type described in Article 15 (safeguard clause) in relation to a fertiliser they may, by notice served on the person whom they consider to be in charge of the fertiliser, direct that person to take such action for mitigation or elimination of the risk as is specified in the direction.

(2) If the Scottish Ministers consider that a direction should be given to a number of persons and that the most efficient way of bringing it quickly to their attention would be publicising it by other means then the direction may be given to them by publicising it by those other means.

(3) Any person who fails to comply with a direction shall be guilty of an offence unless the direction has been withdrawn.

(4) In any proceedings for an offence under paragraph (3) it shall be a defence for the person charged to show that they were–

(a)not in charge of the fertiliser; or

(b)not aware of the direction.

PART V SPenalties and defence of due diligence

Penalties and defence of due diligenceS

20.—(1) A person convicted of an offence under these Regulations shall be liable–

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or both; or

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.

(2) Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under these Regulations, and that offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of–

(a)any director, manager, secretary or other similar person of the body corporate; or

(b)any person who was purporting to act in the capacity of director, manager, secretary or other similar person of the body corporate,

that person, as well as the body corporate, shall be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(3) Where an offence under these Regulations is committed by a partnership and is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of, a partner, that partner as well as the partnership shall be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(4) Subject to paragraphs (5) and (6), in any proceedings for an offence under any provision of these Regulations, it shall be a defence for the person charged to prove that all reasonable precautions were taken and all due diligence exercised to avoid commission of the offence by that person or by another person under that person's control.

(5) If in any case the defence provided by paragraph (4) involves the allegation that the commission of the offence was due to–

(a)an act or default of another person; or

(b)reliance on information supplied by another person,

the person charged shall not, without leave of the court, be entitled to rely on that defence unless, not less than seven clear days before the trial diet, the person charged has served on the prosecutor a notice in writing giving such information identifying or assisting in the identification of that other person as was then in the possession of the person charged.

(6) A person shall not be entitled to the defence in paragraph (4) by reason of reliance on information supplied by another person unless that person shows that it was reasonable in all the circumstances to have relied on the information having regard to–

(a)the steps that the person charged took, or which might reasonably have been taken, to verify the information; and

(b)whether there was any reason to disbelieve the information.

(7) In paragraph (2), “director”, in relation to a body corporate whose affairs are managed by its members, means a member of the body corporate.

PART VI SDisapplication of legislation

Disapplication of offence provisionsS

21.  Where an act or omission is an offence under these Regulations it shall not be an offence under Part IV of the Agriculture Act 1970 F4 or under the Fertilisers Regulations 1991 F5.

Disapplication of sampling and analysis provisionsS

22.  The Fertilisers (Sampling and Analysis) Regulations 1996 F6 shall not apply to any sampling or analysis of fertilisers carried out for the purposes of these Regulations.

ROSS FINNIE

A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew's House,

Edinburgh

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made): The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

See additional information alongside the content

Geographical Extent: Indicates the geographical area that this provision applies to. For further information see ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Show Timeline of Changes: See how this legislation has or could change over time. Turning this feature on will show extra navigation options to go to these specific points in time. Return to the latest available version by using the controls above in the What Version box.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

Executive Note

Executive Note sets out a brief statement of the purpose of a Scottish Statutory Instrument and provides information about its policy objective and policy implications. They aim to make the Scottish Statutory Instrument accessible to readers who are not legally qualified and accompany any Scottish Statutory Instrument or Draft Scottish Statutory Instrument laid before the Scottish Parliament from July 2005 onwards.

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

Timeline of Changes

This timeline shows the different points in time where a change occurred. The dates will coincide with the earliest date on which the change (e.g an insertion, a repeal or a substitution) that was applied came into force. The first date in the timeline will usually be the earliest date when the provision came into force. In some cases the first date is 01/02/1991 (or for Northern Ireland legislation 01/01/2006). This date is our basedate. No versions before this date are available. For further information see the Editorial Practice Guide and Glossary under Help.

Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources