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Sustainable product use

Sustainable product use


Certis Europe seeks to ensure that its crop protection products are used in a sustainable way to maximise the benefits and to minimise the risks associated with their use in the best interests of all direct stakeholders and the wider society.

Certis Europe has adopted the principle of full life cycle management of its products from their discovery and development to their use and phase-out and final disposal.  This active product stewardship policy is based on the International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and use of Pesticides (Food and Agricultural Organization, 2002). The overall aim of product stewardship is to ensure that crop protection products are used in a sustainable way, to maximize the benefits and to minimize the potential risks, in the best interest of all direct stakeholders and the wider society.


To achieve this Certis Europe actively:

  • Promotes the safe use of our products by education, guidance and training to customers, contract applicators and farmers.

  • Invests in the development of new products, Integrated Crop Management (ICM) and in the development of improved application and mitigation techniques.

  • Cooperates with various parties and stakeholders at both national and international level investing in and promoting best practice and management of plant protection products.


Certis Europe has implemented product stewardship responsibilities as part of key role profiles at corporate and national management levels.  For further information about specific stewardship programmes, please explore the links below.


CIPC & Store Cleaning

Following the decision of the European Commission not to renew the use of the active substance chlorpropham (CIPC), the European organizations in the potato chain have jointly drawn up a manual for cleaning stores where chlorpropham has been used. The manual supports growers with storage in achieving maximum reduction of chlorpropham residues in order to reduce the risk of cross-contamination as much as possible.

The manual can be found here at the AHDB:

Useful Links

Be CIPC Compliant

Provides up to date technical guidance and Best Management Practices for the application of chlorpropham products (CIPC) in potato stores with focus on the UK market.




Metaldehyde Use

'Get Pelletwise’ is the campaign of the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG). The group’s aim is to promote and encourage best practice with metaldehyde slug pellets, amongst agricultural users.

TOPPS Water Protection

Extensive information on the TOPPS project to train farmers to prevent surface water contamination by the use of Plant Protection Products.




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Organic Approvals

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Stewardship Update

An update on the importance of product stewardship for the agricultural industry and why product stewardship matters to Certis