Bringing innovative fertilising products in EU legislation

EBA is a member of a technical group in charge of integrating struvite, ashes and biochar into the Fertilisers Regulation.

EBA has been an active member for years of the European Commission’s Working Group in charge of integrating organic fertilising substances into the EU’s Fertilisers Regulation. A legislative proposal was tabled last March to include compost and digestate in the coming years, which is expected to significantly improve the conditions to trade and handle these fertilising materials across EU countries.

Now that the inclusion of organic fertilisers to EU legislation is closer (European Parliament and the Council have yet to adopt it), the European Commission has moved to the next step by creating a new subgroup with the aim to develop technical standards for other innovative fertilising substances that could also be included within EU fertilising regulation in the coming years. The subgroup will initially focus on struvite, ashes and biochar, but it may evaluate other promising fertilising substances in the future.

EBA has joined this group in June 2016 upon invitation and went to the kick-off meeting. Following the statutes of the newly created subgroup, EBA will actively assist the European Commission and the Joint Research Centre by providing relevant technical information gathered from its member base.