Risk assessment of pesticides for amateur/home garden use


An outline of the UK risk assessment scheme used to evaluate the risk to non-target organisms from plant protection products (PPPs) intended for use in private gardens by the amateur/home garden market.


Amateur/home garden products: UK risk assessment scheme (PDF)

PDF, 413KB, 14 pages


This new guidance document applies to applications made to Northern Ireland and Great Britain. It enables applicants for products with an amateur use to risk envelope to a professional use risk assessment for which risk mitigation measures are in place for the aquatic compartment.

Products with buffer zones over a certain size will no longer be authorised for amateur use.

The document includes:

details of the specific requirements for each area of the ecotoxicological risk assessment

details of the labelling requirements for amateur/home garden products in relation to the ecotoxicological risk assessment

a summary of the labelling requirements for amateur/home garden products when an exposure assessment for a corresponding professional use is referred to which requires risk mitigation for the aquatic compartment

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~sHSE, 21 October 2021