Phytosanitary license: how to obtain the license for the purchase and use of pesticides. Advice on enabling and renewal.
Phytosanitary license: what it is and what it is used for
It is commonly calledlicenseand it is acertificate of qualificationthe use, purchase, handling and disposal ofphytosanitary products for professional use.
Thelicenseallows the purchase of plant protection products (pesticides or plant protection products) classified as toxic, very toxic and harmful but not only, in general it allows access to all plant protection products indicated as "for professional use", regardless of the old classification.
Mandatory phytosanitary license
The Interministerial decree of 22/01/2014 has imposed constant updates and widespread information for all those who intend to use plant protection products. This initiative was born in order to avoid risks linked to a reckless and massive use of the so-called "pesticides".
From November 26, 2015, as governed by Legislative Decree 150/12, for the purchase of productsphytosanitarythe so-called is necessarylicense.
Thephytosanitary licenseit is mandatory for the purchase and use of pesticides for professional use, regardless of the classification of the product in question.
When is the phytosanitary license not mandatory?
Thephytosanitary licenseit is not mandatory for those who purchase product referred to as PFnPO and PFnPE, ieNON-professional use phytosanitary products for ornamental plants and NON-professional phytosanitary products for edible plants.
From 2 May 2018, only pesticides that are not classified among the most "dangerous for human health" are allowed for NON-professional use.
From 2 November 2018, the sale of pesticides in formulation to be used in aqueous dilutions with a total quantity of formulation between 500 and 1000 ml is no longer allowed. For the same constraint there is a deadline of 24 months from the entry into force of the interministerial decree no. 33 of 22 January 2018 (deadline 2 May 2020).
For producers and consumers, the label must show the trade name with the indication PFnPE and PFnPO next to it to identify plant protection products intended for non-professional use.
How to obtain the phytosanitary license
Despite the regulatory updates and the new deadlines, theissue of the phytosanitary licenseprovides the samecostand modalities seen some time ago on the page dedicated to the "pesticide license".
Fortake the phytosanitary licenseit will be necessary to follow a training course and take an exam. The training course is not mandatory for everyone but is recommended in order to prepare for the verification exam. Those in possession of a high school diploma or degree in agricultural, forestry, biological, environmental, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical, veterinary and natural disciplines are exempt from the training course.
Thetraining course(for those who are not exempt) lasts 20 hours (compulsory attendance of 75%) and is organized by an accredited training institution. Following the course, an examination will be held and the institution will issue the phytosanitary license. The bureaucratic process to follow is not always like this, sometimes the user, at the end of the course, will have to independently submit the application for the issue of the license to the competent offices by combining the documentation obtained with the course and the request, two 16 euros, two passport-size photos, photocopy of identity document and tax code.
From the request, within 30 days the institution will issue thephytosanitary license which has a duration of five years.
At the expiry - therefore after five years - it will be sufficient to submit a renewal application and attend a 12-hour refresher course. For therenewal of the pesticide licenseit is not necessary to take any exam, but only the certificate of attendance of a refresher course, issued and organized by a recognized institution.
Thecourse for issuing the licenseit can be free or paid -depends on the organizer-when for a fee, generally the cost does not exceed 100 - 150 euros to which the 2 revenue stamps of 16 euros to be attached to the application for release will be added.
The course for theissue of the phytosanitary licensehas contents such as:
- Management of phytosanitary products
- Dangers associated with the use of products
- Outline of phytoiatrics
- Regulations on plant protection products and upcoming updates of the law
- Safety advice
- Defense and integrated production to minimize the use of phytosanitary products that are harmful to humans and the environment.
Who organizes the courses for the release of the pesticides license? In each region there are bodies in charge. If you don't have any point of reference in your area, you can ask the Coldiretti Federation of your region for information. Coldiretti also often offersfree courses, this means that thecostto be sustained would be reduced to two revenue stamps.