Pesticides E Bulletin – Withdrawal of plant protection products

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Withdrawal of plant protection products containing clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam and the implications for seed treated with these products

Commission Implementing Regulations (EU) 2018/784, 2018/783 and 2018/785 for the three neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam respectively, impose restrictions on the use of products containing these active substances.  Such products can now only be authorised as insecticides in permanent greenhouses, or for the treatment of seeds intended to be used only in permanent greenhouses, and where the resulting crop stays within a permanent greenhouse for its entire life cycle.  In practice, this means that the UK-authorised plant protection products containing these active substances, and listed below, have been withdrawn with a phased-withdrawal period of 19 September 2018 for sale and distribution and 19 December 2018 for storage, disposal and use:


Deter (MAPP 12411)

NipsIT Inside (MAPP 14744)

Poncho Beta (MAPP 12076)

Redigo Deter (MAPP 12423)


Merit Forest (MAPP 17242)

Couraze (MAPP 17183)


Actara (MAPP 13728)

Actus (MAPP 18211)

Centric (MAPP 13954)

Cruiser SB (MAPP 15012)

Cruiser 70 WS (MAPP 17338)

Leptom 250 WDG (MAPP 16717)

Moxy (MAPP 18212)

Note that the two further imidacloprid-containing plant protection products listed below are already subject to different phased-withdrawal periods for sale and distribution i.e.


Imidasect 5GR (MAPP 16746) – authorisation for sale and distribution ended on 2 August 2018.

Mido 70% WDG (MAPP 16812) – authorisation for sale and distribution ends on 23 August 2018.

Both of these products now also have an amended withdrawal date of 19 December 2018 for storage, disposal and use.

Authorisation holders, distributors and users of these products should also note that, in line with the above Commission Implementing Regulations, seed treated with any of these products must not be placed on the market or used after 19 December 2018.  If you have any questions regarding the content of this e-bulletin please email




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