The EU is undertaking broad changes to its maximum residue limits (MRLs) to harmonize its laws across the Union, and the final framework is expected to take effect in July.
From the date the new framework Regulation 396/2005 is adopted, all EU MRLs will be harmonized at the EU level and national MRLs will no longer exist, according to the US Dept. of Agriculture's Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA-FAS).
The Commission does not provide any transitional measures for products used on crops planted before Regulation 396/2005 becomes fully applicable. Producers should be aware of any products that could be affected by the new Regulation. It is recommended that any crop protection products be checked against the Annexes of the Regulation 396/2005 before application this growing season, USDA-FAS states.
The status of an active ingredient can be checked during the review procedure of Directive 91/414. According to Article 12 of Regulation 396/2005, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is required to review MRLs within 12 months from the inclusion or non-inclusion in Annex I to Directive 91/414, and this can be monitored at ec.europa.eu.