EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility (MUCF)

The EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility started as of 1st September 2015


Because of the extensive data packages required for authorization to market plant protection products, growers face increasing difficulties in gaining authorization for “minor uses”.  Minor uses of pesticides are uses on niche crops with a high economic value for farmers, but usually of low economic interest for the agro-pesticide industry. This leads to a lack of authorized products on the market for farmers to use on these crops which in turn can lead to illegal uses or to loss of crop production. These crops include most vegetables, fruit, nurseries, flowers, forest trees and some arable crops. It is estimated that overall they represent more than € 70 billion per year, which equates to 22% of the total EU plant production value.

To address this problem in a more coherent way the European Commission (EC) has established the EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility (MUCF).

The mission of the Facility is 'to enable farmers in the EU to produce high quality crops by filling minor uses gaps through efficient collaboration to improve availability of chemical and non-chemical tools within an integrated pest management (IPM) framework’.

Jointly funded, initially, by the EU and the governments of France, Germany and the Netherlands, the Facility is hosted by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) in Paris. 

The Coordination Facility will liaise with all Member States, growers associations and other organizations active internationally in the field of minor uses, such as OECD and IR-4 project. The Coordination Facility will stimulate and support further harmonization e.g. in relation to crop group and pest group definitions and if necessary develop guidance documents.

The Coordination Facility will maintain the European Minor Use Database (EUMUDA) as a key structure to identify minor uses gaps, share information on them and cooperate to find solutions.

The Coordination Facility will contribute to the development of non-chemical and IPM routes to solve minor use problems. In that respect the Coordination Facility will establish a strong link with the C-IPM ERANET, aiming to find sustainable methods to solve minor use gaps.
Full functioning of the Coordination Facility will not be achieved instantly. The first year of the Coordination Facility has been used to lay the groundwork for the years to come. The number of quantitative outputs was therefore not as high in the first year as it will be in subsequent years.

The First Newsletter of the MUCF is released !

The MUCF is pleased to issue its first newsletter. Read more about the First Stakeholder Advisory Forum, the long-term funding, developments on EUMUDA, and other activities of the MUCF by clicking here.


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The First MUCF Stakeholder Advisory Forum took place !

The MUCF Stakeholder Advisory Forum is the annual meeting of stakeholders involved in the area of minor uses in the EU. Relevant stakeholders are the representatives of Member States, the Minor Uses Steering Group, the Agri-Food Chain, the Agrochemical and Biocontrol Industry, the chairs from the Commodity Expert Groups and representatives from the C-IPM Eranet.
This first Forum took place on 25 January 2017, in Brussels. During this event the work of the Coordination Facility and wider aspects of the Minor Uses Programme were reported. It also was the opportunity to present and discuss the long-term funding strategy of the EU Minor Uses Programme.

For more information on this event, click here.

Next Meetings organised by MUCF

28-30 March 2017, Brussels
Commodity and Horizontal Expert Group Meetings
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Recent Meetings attended by MUCF

8 to 9 February 2017, Berlin, Germany
Crops and Chemicals Europe
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7 February 2017, Brussels
5th Symposium: Unlocking the IPM triangle- Using Green tools 1st
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31 January 2017, Paris, France
Colloque Biocontrole 2017- IBMA France
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