The harmonisation exercise is based on a 1991 Directive on plant protection products, commonly known as the "authorisation Directive". The legislation is based on Article 43 of the EC Treaty. It must be brought into force by 26 July.
Another Directive on non-agricultural pesticides is currently being drafted by the Commission, using Article 100a as the legal base.
The novelty of both Directives is that they will establish a positive