The new regulation on fertilisers has been approved by both the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee.
The internal market committee led the overall negotiations for the parliament’s side while the environment committee led on contaminants found in fertilisers, for example cadmium in phosphate fertiliser.
The trilogues took nearly a year to conclude due to the controversy over the limit on cadmium; the agreement reached on cadmium was 60mg/kg after three years of the new rules coming into force.
The European Commission, council and parliament reached an agreement on the new rules in November 2018 and it was signed off by EU ambassadors in December. The final sign off by the parliament is expected in March.