The European Parliament, Commission, and Council have reached a “preliminary political agreement” to establish new rules for fertilizers. These will “facilitate the access of organic and waste-based fertilizers to the EU single market,” according to a press release sent by the European Commission.

The new rules, pending approval, will also introduce limits for cadmium and other contaminants in phosphate fertilizers.

The agreement was confirmed on December 12 and is now subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council. Then, the regulation will be “directly applicable in all Member States and will become mandatory in 2022.

The goal is to “reduce waste, energy consumption and environmental damage, as well as limit the risks to human health.”

With the current rules, only conventional fertilizers, usually produced chemically or extracted from mines, can be freely traded across the EU. Organic fertilizers are outside of their scope and, thus, their access to the single market is “dependent on mutual recognition between Member States, which is often difficult due to diverging national rules.”

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