(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations, which extend to England and Wales only, are made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 and further amend the provisions of the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/343) (the principal Regulations).
Part 2 of Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations is consolidated (regulation 2(6)) to take account of changes and additions to the EC maximum residue levels that have been set at an EC level since the last consolidation of the Part by SI 2001/1113.
These Regulations add new residue levels in Part 2 of Schedule 2 that have been set by recent amendments to the three Commission Directives: Council Directive 86/362/EEC, Council Directive 86/363/EEC and Council Directive 90/642/EEC. The following new or substituted maximum residue levels are implemented in Part 2 of Schedule 2 in these Regulations (regulation 2 (6))—
Commission Directive 2002/42/EC (OJ No L134, 22.5.2002 p 29) for bentazone and pyridate;
Commission Directive 2002/66/EC (OJ No L192, 20.7.2002 p 47) for lindane, quintozene, parathion and permethrin;
Commission Directive 2002/71/EC (OJ No L225, 22.8.2002 p 21) for formothion, dimethoate and oxydemeton-methyl;
Commission Directive 2002/76/EC (OJ No L240, 7.9.2002 p 45) for metsulfuron methyl;
The definition of “the Residues Directives” is updated to take account of the latest Directives being implemented (regulation 2(2)).
Regulation 2(3) substitutes a new regulation 6(b) in the principal Regulations. The new regulation 6(b)(i) provides for the Sampling Procedure as contained in the Annex to Commission Directive 2002/63/EC to apply for the determination of pesticide residues set by the Community (Part 2 of Schedule 2). The new regulation 6(b)(ii) provides for the sampling of pesticide residues still set nationally to be carried out, so far as is practicable, in accordance with the methods and procedures recommended by the Codex Alimentarius Commission 'Recommended methods of sampling for the determination of pesticide residues for compliance with MRLs; CAC/GL 33 - 1999'. Copies are available from their website from their list of standards at www.codexalimentarius.net. Alternatively the document is available from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs library situated at Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR (E-mail: email@example.com).
These Regulations remove certain pesticide residues, that had previously been set nationally by virtue of powers contained in the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985, from the list contained in Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations as they have been replaced by Community levels (regulation 2(5)).
No Regulatory Impact Assessment has been produced for these Regulations.