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Article written by 18 July 2013

Asulam is a herbicide used in horticulture and agriculture. It’s predominantly used to kill bracken, docks and as an antiviral agent.

Asulam was declared not approved by the “Commission Implementing Regulation” (EU) No 1045/2011 as of 19 October 2011, concerning the non-approval of the active substance asulam.

Asulam products are the only selective herbicides used for the control of bracken and the only agents that can be applied from the air. During a recent review of pesticides in the EU, asulam failed to satisfy the requirements for continued use, and a use-up period for any stocks held by land managers expired in December 2012.

Following the ban of Asulam that came into effect on 31 December 2011, there is a route that has made it possible for Asulam products to be made available.

An Emergency Authorisation for products containing the active ingredient Asulam has been granted. This will allow the application of Asulox to control bracken in the UK during the period from 20th May 2013 to 16th September 2013. During this period it is possible to promote, store, distribute and apply Asulox. There will be a use up period that will expire on the 31st October 2013, during this time it will be possible to apply, store and transfer Asulox.  The use on docks is still not authorised. A further application will be made to the EU for long term use of Asulam, however additional data must be collect and this will not be available until 2016.

The storage of Asulox will be illegal after 31st October 2013 and any remaining stocks must be used up or returned the distributor.


Will Robinson

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