When a new control agent, pollinator species or product is marketed, used or imported for the first time, an application for the approval of the species or product concerned must be filed with Finnish Food Authority.
An application for approval must be filed if the control agent or pollinator:
- is not an species indigenous to Finland; or
- is not included in the EPPO list.
The application for approval complete with enclosures must be submitted to Finnish Food Authority no later than three (3) months before the product is marketed, used or imported for the first time. Finnish Food Authority evaluates the safety of the product in terms of plant safety and forwards the application for information to the environmental authorities in view of potential restrictions that may be required under the Nature Conservation Act (section 43).
A separate application for approval must be filed for each individual product. A species-specific notification is allowed if the macro-organism concerned has not been fabricated into a product. Finnish Food Authority lists the species or products that have passed the approval procedure in a separate file.
An application for extending the purpose of use of a specific control agent or pollinator product must be filed if:
- the product is not included in the list;
- the organism is planned to be used on plant species other than those indicated in the list maintained by Finnish Food Authority; or
- the use of the organism is planned to be extended from greenhouses to open fields.
No application for approval needs to be filed for extending the purpose of use to cover additional pest species. The application for approval may be filed for several purposes of use (plant species) and environments of use (open field, greenhouse and plastic tunnel) at the same time. The approval procedure and extension of the purpose of use are subject to a charge. For prices, please see the link here.