Revision of Directive 2009/128/EC on the sustainable use of pesticides

Briefing 02-09-2022

Pesticides and their use are regulated at EU level. Directive 2009/128/EC ('SUD') of the European Parliament and the Council establishes a framework to achieve sustainable use of pesticides that are plant protection products, by reducing the risks and impact of pesticide use on human health and the environment, and promoting the use of integrated pest management and of alternative approaches or techniques such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides. A recent ex-post evaluation by the European Commission shows that the directive's implementation has only been 'moderately effective' overall in achieving this objective. Based on publicly available sources, this implementation appraisal provides information on the implementation of the directive and thus aims to support its ongoing revision, where the Parliament is a co-legislator.