Ragley Estate,

New fertiliser legislation comes into force January 2018 – is your business prepared?

The draft fertiliser regulations, which were first published in April 2016, have now gone through a review process.  The proposed fertiliser regulations will apply to CE marked fertilising products including fertilisers, soil modifiers, bio-stimulants and crop nutrients and will come into force on 1 January, 2018.  Changes to the original draft include an increase in the scope of the regulation (including new definitions for agronomic additives and denitrification inhibitors) and a reduction in time scales for retaining data from 10 years to 5 years.

The Regulation: Main Points

  • The Regulation will apply to CE marked fertilising products, covering fertilisers, soil modifiers, biostimulants, crop nutrients, etc. 50% of fertilisers are outside the scope of the current legislation because organic fertilisers are excluded.
  • There will be a requirement to measure heavy metal content with specific limits for certain metals such as Cadmium.
  • To be placed on the market, CE marking will be required according to 765/2008 EC.
  • Product efficacy will need to be supported by evidence.
  • REACH registrations are required for certain constituents. In exceptional circumstances, for tonnages
  • <10 tonnes per company per year, the information requirements for quantities of 10 – 100 tonnes may apply.
  • Where import is involved, the importer of products is responsible for ensuring compliance with the regulation.
  • There will be a requirement to notify authorities and assessment bodies.
  • Companies can appoint an authorised representative to comply with the regulations on their behalf.

To find out more about the changes and what affect they will have on your business visit the ADAS stand (906) at Grassland & Muck or contact Peter.Godfrey@cea-res.co.uk.

CEA and ADAS provide support so you can meet the requirements of the new fertiliser regulation. We have the expertise and competence in the efficacy and efficiency testing of fertilisers and biostimulants, and offer a complete service to satisfy the REACH and other regulatory requirements for human and environmental safety.

Editor’s Note

ADAS is the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice to government. Established over 75 years ago, ADAS is unique within the environmental, agricultural and rural sectors. Our strong scientific and research skills provide us with an evidence base on which we are able to deliver real solutions to our clients. Through our experienced specialist consultants, we deliver specific, strategic and policy advice, as well as applied/strategic R&D. ADAS is the trading name of RSK ADAS Ltd., part of RSK Group plc.


Cambridge Environmental Assessments (CEA) provide strategic and dossier support for chemical and product registrations across Europe encompassing agrochemicals, biocides, veterinary and human pharmaceuticals, food additives, novel foods and general chemicals. CEA specialise in designing and conducting higher tier studies and regulatory environmental risk assessments for chemicals, toxicology and REACH compliance.

In the pesticidal products area, CEA undertakes data evaluation, the preparation of risk assessments and regulatory documentation (dossier segments), including project management and co-ordination of work packages. In addition, CEA offer bespoke higher tier aquatic (mesocosms and laboratory studies) and higher tier environmental fate studies, according to GLP.

Our chemical regulatory compliance team supports our clients to ensure they are compliant with all EU Chemical Regulations including REACH, CLP/GHS, the Seveso Directive (COMAH) and food additives.

The compliance team also provides support in toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessments, chemical safety reports, dossier preparation, substance identity confirmation and preparation of Safety Data Sheets. We also have extensive experience of non-standard toxicology and ecotoxicology studies, and modelling of substances in the environment.

CEA is part of RSK group plc.