Legislation on fertiliser products

Below is a list of the legislation on usage, production, marketing, import and export of fertiliser products.

EC legislation

Regulation on fertilisers

Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers deals with the production, trade and use of inorganic fertilisers in the EU area and the import and export of these products and their raw materials. The trade in fertilisers marked "EC fertiliser" which comply with the provisions of the regulation is not to be restricted by way of national legislation.

The regulation is published in the Official Journal of the European Union: OJ L 304, p. 1The text of the regulation with amendments and additions can be read at the EUR-Lex portal.

The Animal By-products Regulation

Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (Animal By-products Regulation) laying down health rules concerning animal by-products not intended for human consumption. The aim of the Animal By-products Regulation is to ensure a sufficient level of hygiene in order to prevent the spread of microbes causing disease and to ensure that the by-products are identifiable and traceable at all stages.

Cadmium content in fertilisers

Commission Decision (2006/348/EC) on the national provisions notified by the Republic of Finland under Article 95(4) of the EC Treaty concerning the maximum admissible content of cadmium in fertilisers. This decision concerns the Finnish derogation to apply the national provisions concerning the cadmium content in fertilisers.

National legislation

Act on Fertiliser Products

The Act on Fertiliser Products 539/2006 regulates the production, marketing, import and export of fertiliser products. The act requires all entrepreneurs to organise their own checks, and establishments producing organic fertiliser products require an approval. The aim of the act is to ensure the purity and safety of fertiliser products introduced on to the market. Amendments: The Act (1498/2009) amending sections 17 and 36 of the Act on Fertiliser Products, (1.1.2010) and the Act (340/2010) amending sections 5 and 7 of the Act on Fertiliser Products, (27.6.2010).

The Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on Fertiliser Products 24/11 regulates the requirements for the type designation list and the requirements for quality, marking, packaging, transporting, storage, usage and other requirements and the raw materials used in fertiliser products.

The Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 13/07 on the carrying out of activities related to fertiliser products and the control of fertiliser products regulates the duty of notification of the entrepreneur, the obligation of notification, duty to keep a register, duty to carry out self checks, duty to give advance notice, laboratory approval, approval of establishments producing or technically treating organic fertiliser products or raw materials for these organic fertiliser products and the control of fertiliser products. Amendments: Decrees 20/09 and 4/10 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Decree on fees

The fees for Evira’s chargeable services are charged according to the Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 638/2010.

The Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 638/2010 lists Evira's official services as governed by public law, the demand for which is based on an act or decree and for the provision of which the authority has the exclusive right.

Section 5 of the Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 638/2010 lists the services for which the fees are determined on commercial grounds. The services priced on commercial grounds are laid out in Evira’s price list of commercial services.

 

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