REFIT evaluation of EU pesticide legislation - Stakeholder survey
Purpose of the Survey
This survey is part of the REFIT evaluation of the EU legislation on plant protection products and pesticide residues. It aims to collect factual information as well as perceptions from stakeholders. The scope of this survey includes the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 on maximum residue levels of pesticides, hereafter referred to as the 'MRL Regulation', and Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, hereafter referred to as the 'PPP Regulation'.
Feedback from stakeholders is important for the REFIT evaluation. This survey seeks to collect information on how well the rules governing the approval of active substances, authorisation of plant protection products, and the setting of MRLs of pesticides in the EU work in practice. The questions explore in detail the impact of these provisions on businesses, the environment, and consumers in the EU. The survey aims at identifying strengths and weaknesses of the PPP and MRL Regulations, and gathers information on how the situation has changed after the entry into force of the Regulations. The results of the survey will feed into the evaluation performed independently on behalf of DG SANTE.
The information you provide will be treated as confidential (please see the privacy statement). Responses will not be linked back to individual respondents.
Background of the Study
The REFIT evaluation of the PPP and the MRL Regulations was launched on 17 November 2016 with the publication of the Roadmap that describes the purpose, content, and scope of the evaluation and its main evaluation criteria. Following a public procurement procedure (Call ID No. SANTE/2017/E4/019), the European Commission has appointed Ecorys to conduct the study.
Several authorities are involved in executing the rules of the PPP and the MRL Regulations, namely the EU Member States, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the European Commission. Placing a plant protection product on the market is a two-step process. Firstly, the active substance needs to be approved at the EU level. Secondly, the producer of a plant protection product can apply for authorisation of this product in individual Member States. In parallel, MRLs are set at the EU level for the pesticide, if required.
This survey is a part of a broader consultation strategy. Further information on this strategy, as well as on the REFIT evaluation in general, can be found on the website of the European Commission. Responses to the survey will be taken into consideration in preparation of a Staff Working Document, written by the European Commission, presenting the results of the evaluation.
Structure of the questionnaire
The survey begins with a number of general questions concerning both Regulations. This is followed by specific questions on the PPP Regulation and then the MRL Regulation. Depending on your field of expertise, you are kindly asked to respond to a subset of the overall number of questions. The survey contains both closed and open questions. A limited number of follow-up interviews will be carried out with selected stakeholders to discuss findings and important issues in greater detail. Please provide us with an email address if you are willing to discuss the topic in greater detail.
If you would like to receive further information on the study, please send an email to REFIT@ecorys.com.
The European Commission, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) can also provide you with further information. Please contact SANTE-PESTICIDES-EVALUATION@ec.europa.eu.