Scientific regulatory affairs
Regulatory support for biostimulants
Last update 09 09 2021
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.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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SCIBASICS is a Belgian company with headquarters located in Rue Alphonse Libert 6A, B-4520 Bas-Oha and registered in the Belgian registry of under number BE0893 600 424.
SCIBASICS provides various services related to product authorisation in the field of mainly plant protection products, biocides for veterinary use and fertilisers. We help our clients with dossier set up and submission, product mapping and positioning, label compliance checks and label set up, intelligence and strategic decisions.
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These Terms and conditions of use will be governed by and construed in accordance with Belgian Law, and any disputes relating to these terms and conditions will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Brussels.
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