Experts discussed the 28th of May 2019 in Brussels, the future of the EU Fertilizing Products Regulation (RPF) in a conference organised by Fertilizers Europe with the aim to create a common understanding of the main features of the new legislative rules that will apply from May 2022 onward.
The day saw a great level of participation from EU agri-food stakeholders it was designed in three different sessions aiming to answer the questions:
- How to place a mineral fertilizer on the market?
- What are the opportunities for marketing fertilizing products?
- What are the implications for the value chain?
Silvana Lubenova, Director Technical Harmonization and Consumer Policy, Ministry of Economy of Bulgaria, Kirsi Ekroth- Manssila Head of Unit Chemicals, DG GROW and Johanna Bernsel Deputy Head of Unit Chemicals, DG GROW were some of the invitees that shed light into the new challenges and opportunities that the road ahead upholds.
- New procedures placing mineral fertilizers or other fertilizing products on the market should ensure confidence of consumers and public authorities regarding the conformity of the products.
- Even though new standards require extensive work, mineral fertilizers are not starting from scratch.
- The EU Fertilizing Product Regulation will support the current innovative pathway that the mineral fertilizer industry has already undertaken.
- There are opportunities for organizations like EUROFINS and others to be part of the new placing procedures on the market. The real question is whether there will be enough Notified Bodies to respond to producers’ requests.
Fertilizer products should remain at the fore-front of the discussion, especially to be fit to meet the expectations of farmers. Nevertheless, a successful transition phase demands the cooperation of the entire value chain.
Fertilizers Europe invites every actor in the EU agri-food sector to continue engaging in the dialogue and working on common solutions.
Follow the discussion on social media through #FeedingLife2030