Regulatory support for biostimulants
Austria does currently not have a list of registered fertilisers - but it is planned to have one soon - as of 1.1.2022
There were some changes in the Austrian fertiliser legislation on 1.10.2021, trigged through the new European Fertiliser Regulation, to which the Austrian legislation was adapted. These changes are:
- As of 16 July 2022 a maximum allowable concentration of 60 mg Cadimum/ kg Phosphate (P2O5) for organo-mineral and inorganic fertilisers
- Fertilisers will no longer be authorised forever, but their authorisation will be limited to 10 years. Fertilisers with unlimited authorisation may still be put on the market until 1. January 2025. These products will also not be listed in the fertiliser register. Changes as regard to these fertilisers that would require a (new) evaluation these would be equivalent to a new authorisation.
- A fertiliser register will be available as of 1.1.2021.
Link to the original site and document.
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The legislative situation in Austria is quite straightforward. Biostimulants are regulated by the Austrian fertiliser legislation. Back in 1994, the Austrian Fertiliser Regulation (Düngemittelgesetz 1994, version of 8 May 2020) defines "fertilisers as substances that contain nutrients which are intended to - directly or indirectly - be added to plants to foster their growth, to improve their quality or their yield."
"Pflanzenhilfsstoffe" (biostimulants), are "substances without significant content in nutrients and which are applied to have an impact on the plant, to increase the plant's resistance and to influence the processing of organic substances."
Biostimulants can be placed on the market either with or without authorisation prior to marketing. Interestingly, plant strengtheners ("Pflanzenstärkungsmittel") sold on the German market can be placed on the market as biostimulants in Austria without authorisation. This is indeed interesting because these plant strengtheners are regulated under the German plant protection legislation, while biostimulants are typically regulated under the national fertiliser legislation!
In case a product is not eligible to be placed on the market without prior authorisation, an authorisation has to be requested and the fact that the authorisation has been requested (and obtained) must be marked on the label.
In any case a company intending to sell biostimulants on the Austrian market has to register before placing a product on the market. Any change must be notified using a specific change request form.
Austria has been granted a derogation from Regulation (EC) 2003/2003, allowing it to prohibit the placing on the market of fertilisers exceeding the limits of cadmium in relation to their phosphorus content.
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