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Regulatory support for biostimulants
Last update 06 12 2022
Biostimulants based on waste or waste products require a somewhat complex authorisation at several levels: An authorisation at federal level is required, as well as an authorisation for every region (Vlaanderen, Wallonia, Brussels). Without the consent of the regions, an authorisation at federal level can not be obtained.
This procedures entails an application with the federal authorities AND the individual regions. Data requirements across these regions are not the same and the procedure is rather lengthy, also due to the work load of the respective competent authorities.
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As for many other European countries, "biostimulants" is not an official term used by the authorities and it is not found as such in the respective legislation. Rather, biostimulants would fall under so-called "produits connexes", which would be translated as "related products". "Related products" would not fall into one the recognised Belgian Fertiliser categories and they have a specific plant stimulating effect. In this little summary, and in order to maintain some common wording on this site, we will refer to these "related products" as "biostimulants".Belgium considers as fertilisers soil improvers, which it divides into two main groups: organic amendments and physical amendments.Fertilisers, soil improvers and treated growth media may container pesticidal active substances. However, these must be authorised (that refers to Regulation 1107/2009) before they can be placed on the market and they must be labelled as such.Biostimulants can be placed on the market if they comply with at least one of these conditions:
In order to be exempted, you need to request an exemption, a so-called "dérogation", providing the information on your product's composition, labelling, use intention, but also an analysis of contaminants (heavy metals, PCBS). Efficacy studies are not required. However, there must be a clear link between the different components and the claims made.More details can be found on the website of the Belgian authorities: https://fytoweb.be/en/fertilising-products
In case you are wish to see which types of products have been granted a derogation to be placed on the Belgian market (though not compliant with Annex I of Royal Decree of 28 January 2013, have a look at this list.
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