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Specific chemicals

Fertilising products are substances, mixtures, micro-organisms or any other materials, applied on plants or their rhizosphere, or constituting the rhizosphere, for the purpose of providing the plants with nutrients or improving their nutrition efficiency.

As fertilising products are sometimes produced locally, manufacturers may choose freely if to place on the market their products as:


1. harmonised products (‘EU fertilising products’), if they comply with the Fertilising Products Regulation or

The Fertilising Products Regulation covers many categories of products: fertilisers, liming materials, soil improvers, growing media, plant biostimulants and blends.

It creates many opportunities for the recovery of nutrients out of various waste streams via composting, digestion, pyrolysis and so on.

The Fertilising Products Regulation is here so that:

  • Companies may CE mark their products and sell fertilising products all over the EU without additional formalities
  • Farmers have more fertilising products to choose from and at competitive prices
  • And, most importantly, our health and the planet are better protected. For the first time, maximum limits for the most important contaminants like cadmium, mercury or arsenic are imposed at EU level.

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2. Non-harmonised products, in accordance with national rules applicable in the EU country where they market the products.

Such products move in the internal market based on the mutual recognition rules.

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