Regulatory update

Under EU law approvals for pesticides can last for a maximum of 10 years before review. CIPC is currently under review and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) identified a number of data gaps related to consumer risk assessment, leading to a critical area of concern. The European Commission has recommended non-renewal. CIPC was discussed at the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) on 24/25 May. It is possible that a vote on the regulatory status of CIPC may take place as early as the July SCoPAFF meeting.


Regulatory requirements for 2017-18

The owner is responsible for the crop and any chemical applications made to it. 

Total dose Fresh market 24 grams chlorpropham per tonne of potatoes
Fresh market, store temperature 5°C or below Where storage temperature is to be 5°C or below, only a single application, up to 12 g/tonne, should be made, before the temperature is reduced below 7°C
Total dose Processing (incl. fish & chip shops, peeling) 36 grams chlorpropham per tonne of potatoes
Harvest interval The latest time of application is 14 days before removal from store for sale or processing
Equipment Equipment must be inspected and certificated annually by NSTS
Applicators Applicators must be qualified to NPTC PA1 & PA9 and must be an  audited member of the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC)
Advisors Recommendations for CIPC must be made by BASIS qualified advisors
Stores Stores must be inspected and reported as fit for CIPC application under the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Scheme

Red Tractor Farm Assurance

Red Tractor Assurance requires the auditing of all stores where CIPC is used. This demands that crop owners demonstrate that a check has been carried out to ensure stores are suitable for CIPC use, before any application is carried out. This check will focus on key aspects of the store which affect the distribution and performance of the sprout suppressant.

CIPC and crops other than ware potatoes

Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) reflect levels of pesticides expected in produce, when treated in accordance with good agricultural practice; for CIPC and ware potatoes the MRL is 10mg/kg. Where CIPC is not approved for use on particular commodities such as cereals, MRLs are set at the lowest level which can be identified in routine laboratory analysis (Limit of Determination, LOD) typically 0.01mg/kg. It is an offence to trade commodities with a residue content above the MRL. See

Treatment of potatoes with CIPC results in contamination of the building and boxes. Contamination is long-lived, and this presents a risk of an exceedance of the MRL, if crops other than ware potatoes are stored in them. Red Tractor Farm Assurance requires a risk assessment for CIPC to be carried out for buildings before these are used. Click here to see more.

Buildings in which CIPC applications have taken place must be identified. Click here for an example of such signage.