The Expert Group on Fertilisers is responsible for legislation on fertilisers contained in Annex II, Chapter XIV of the EEA Agreement.
The main objectives of the legislation on fertilisers are to protect the environment, workers and consumers and to ensure the free circulation of goods in the EEA.
The requirements for fertilisers produced from phosphate minerals and from organic or secondary raw materials are harmonised in the EEA, opening up new possibilities for their production and marketing on a large scale. Limits for a range of contaminants, such as cadmium, contained in mineral fertilisers are also harmonised.
EU fertilising products bearing the "CE marking" must fulfil certain requirements to benefit from free circulation in the EU's internal market. These include obligatory maximum contaminant levels, the use of defined component material categories and labelling requirements. Moreover, manufacturers of fertilisers that do not bear the CE marking will still have the possibility of placing them on their national market.
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) - Fertilisers
EU Agricultural Market Briefs – Fertilisers in the EU