Irish Perspective on the Fertilising Products Regulation
On September 28th, 2023, Kerona Scientific hosted their first FPR Symposium. Among the speakers at the symposium were Dr Finbarr O’Regan and Colin Murtagh from the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine in Ireland. Their presentation focused on Ireland’s perspective regarding the regulation of fertilisers, particularly in light of the recent introduction of the FPR in Europe.
Prior to the introduction of the FPR, Ireland had established its own domestic regulations governing fertilising products, including the Fertilisers, Feeding Stuffs, and Mineral Mixtures Act of 1955. However, with the implementation of the FPR across Europe, Irish authorities now face the task of aligning their domestic legislation with the FPR’s standards and expectations.
As Ireland undertakes the process of updating its legislation, a primary focus is placed on adhering to the safety requirements outlined in the FPR, as defined by the PFC and CMC categories. This involves the introduction of a statutory instrument to enforce the regulation in Ireland, complete with penalties, sanctions, and authorized officers. Collaboration with various entities, including the European Commission (DG GROW) in the EU, notified bodies, industry representatives, and other competent authorities, is deemed essential to ensure a smooth transition.
Additionally, the administrative cooperation group (AdCo) plays a pivotal role in facilitating harmonization, particularly concerning biostimulants. It aims to ensure consistent application of legislative provisions, effective market surveillance, and the establishment of communication channels between national administrations and the European Commission.
If you missed the FPR Symposium, a copy of all the presentations is available on the publications section of the Kerona website at https://kerona.ie/product/fpr-symposium-presentations/
Please do not hesitate to contact Kerona at email@example.com or call the office at +353 (0)1 849 5284 if you need support with the authorisation or support of fertilising products across Europe.