Legislation in the European Cummunity and Slovenia
Basic Council Directive 91/414/EEC concerning the placing of Plant Protection Products (PPP) has introduced a more centralised evaluation and registration process of active substance (AS). According to its assesment the AS is included in Annex I to the Directive or not.
AS is approved if the extensive list of documents and studies is completed (in the light of current scientific and technical knowledge) in a satisfactory manner and in accordance with the requirements and principles of the EU body (physical – chemical properties; analytical method; toxicological studies and studies of metabolism; efficiency; residues; fate and behavior in the environment; ecotoxicological studies; Classification, Labelin and Packaging – CLP of chemical substances and mixtures of the Globally Harmonised System – GHS).
The Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation is strongly linked to REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals). Information produced within the framework of the REACH provisions must be used for the Classification of the chemicals. Under the substance evaluation process of REACH the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) is responsible for the implementation.
Reference number (ECHA) of the substance - Copper Oxychloride is: 02-2119698277-20-0000
Copper Oxychloride (COC) is evaluated as a positive AS, which means that all of PPP (which includes COC) in the European Union territory can be successfully registered.
A very complex European legislation (including the new Regulation No. 1107/2009) is legally binding and directly applicable on all of its Member States.
European legislation is incorporated into Slovenian legal system under the Act of PPP and other Regulatory Acts.
Use of AS – Copper Oxychloride
AS is used for PPP in its original form (in which it is delivered to user). Its purpose is to protect plants against harmful organisms or to prevent the activity of such organisms in the open-air, and for the purpose of use in greenhouses.
In Cinkarna Celje we produce copper fungicides with AS – copper oxychloride in the form of wettable powder (WP): Cuprablau Z 35 WP and Cuprablau Z Ultra WP.
In 2013, we started also with the production of copper fungicide Cuprablau Z 50 WP.