In the News

14th December 2017


GPP 4: Treatment and disposal of wastewater where there is no connection to the public foul sewer. GPP 4 provides guidance on environmental best practice for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

15th November 2017

Processes and Procedures for Plant Protection Products – Changes to the Detailed Technical Sift Criteria.

On 29th June 2016 HSE introduced new processes and procedures for the authorisation of plant protection product applications under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.  Changes to the criteria for the Detailed Technical Sift are now being introduced, following receipt of feedback.  The key changes being introduced, on 27th November 2017, are:

General issues (e.g. discrepancies in the GAP, label, addressing EFSA data gaps) relevant to all specialist areas have been included in a new separate section Minor issues, those not considered reasons for rejecting an application but may need to be addressed for an authorisation, will be highlighted to applicants in the conclusion of the DTS. Highlighting these issues early in the evaluation process will provide additional time for them to be addressed by applicants Based on experience a number of rejection criteria have been removed from each specialist area Links to UK and EU guidance documents have been included to support applicants preparing an application for submission The mammalian toxicology section has been separated out into mammalian toxicology and operator exposure

The changes to the DTS criteria are outlined in the guidance document ‘Overview of the Processes and Procedures for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Productions in the UK under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

12th November 2017

The Environment Secretary writes in the Sunday Telegraph.

Sunday Telegraph 12th November.

An independent watchdog to “give the environment a voice” and “hold the powerful to account” will form the cornerstone of a “green Brexit”, the Environment Secretary discloses.

Michael Gove reveals plans to set up a “world-leading” statutory body to maintain environmental standards, together with a national policy statement that will permanently “embed” protections for land, water, air and wildlife into policy-making as Britain leaves the European Union.

He states that “all existing European law, including environmental protection, will be transferred into UK law through the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Rules and regulations in place the day before Brexit will still be in place the day after”.

He adds that early next year a consultation will be carried out on the formation of the new environmental body and a new policy statement. Questions will include what functions and powers will the new body have to enforce environmental laws, how the new policy statement will be embedded into public policy making and whether Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland wish to take a similar or different approach.