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EU approval conditions for anticoagulant rodenticides until 2024

EU approval conditions for anticoagulant rodenticides until 2024

The anticoagulant rodenticides Warfarin, Chlorophacinone, Coumatetralyl, Difenacoum, Bromadiolone, Brodifacoum, Difethialone y Flocumafen, identified as “Candidates for Substitution” have been renewed until 2024. The Comparative Assessment performed concluded that currently, non-chemical alternatives that are sufficiently effective are available to substitute these active substances. However, the anticoagulant substances have been approved with some restrictions:

General conditions of use:

  • Products shall contain an aversive agent and a dye.
  • Products shall not be authorised in the form of tracking powder.
  • Products in the form of contact formulations, other than tracking powder, shall only be authorised for use by trained professionals indoors in places not accessible to children or non-target animals.
  • Only ready-to-use products shall be authorised.
  • Primary as well as secondary exposure of humans, non-target animals and the environment are minimised, by considering and applying all appropriate and available risk-mitigation measures.
  • Dead bodies and uneaten bait shall be disposed of in accordance with local requirements (information to be reflected on the product label).

Specific conditions for general public use:

  • Products shall only be authorised for use in tamper-resistant bait stations.
  • Products shall only be supplied with a maximum quantity of bait per pack. To see the specific restrictions per active, please refer to their respective Commission Implementation Regulation in the Official Journal.
  • Products against Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus shall only be authorised for use indoors or in and around buildings.
  • Products against Mus musculus shall only be authorised for use indoors.
  • Products shall not be authorised for use in permanent or pulse baiting treatments.
  • Persons making products available on the market shall ensure that the products are accompanied by information on the risks associated with anticoagulant rodenticides in general, measures to limit their use to the minimum necessary and appropriate precautionary steps to be taken.
  • Products in the form of loose bait formulations, such as grain or pellets, shall only be authorised in formulations that are supplied in sachets or other packaging to reduce exposure to humans and the environment.

Specific conditions for non-trained professional use:

  • Products shall not be authorised for use in sewers, open area or waste dumps.
  • Products shall not be authorised for use in permanent or pulse baiting treatments.
  • Products shall only be authorised for use in tamper-resistant bait stations.
  • Persons making products for professional users available on the market shall make sure that these products are not supplied to the general public.

Specific conditions for trained-professional use:

  • Products may be authorised for use in sewers, open area or waste dumps.
  • Products may be authorised for use in covered and protected bait points as long as they provide the same level of protection for non-target species and humans as tamper-resistant bait stations.
  • Products shall not be authorised for use in pulse baiting treatments.
  • Products may only be authorised for use in permanent baiting treatments at those sites with a high potential for reinvasion when other methods of control have proven insufficient.

Persons making products for trained professional users available on the market shall make sure that the products are not supplied to other persons than trained professionals

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