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 MUCF is fully staffed !

Since the Coordinator started the work in September 2015, an Administrative assistant and IT officer joined the Coordination Facility late 2015 and April 2016 respectively, and more recently the Technical expert, in November 2016.

The MUCF team is now complete, and in excellent position to take the work forward to achieve its mission: enabling EU farmers to produce high quality crops using chemical and non-chemical solution within the Integrated Pest Management framework.

For more information on the team, click here.

Next Meetings organised by MUCF

2017-01-11/12, Paris,
Meeting of the chairs of the CEGs
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2017-01-25, Brussels,
First Stakeholder Advisory Forum
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2017-03-28/30, Brussels
Commodity and Horizontal Expert Group Meetings
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Recent Meetings attended by MUCF

2016-12-05, Brussels
ERANET C-IPM Minor Use meeting
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2016-12-05, Brussels
ERANET C-IPM Kick-off meeting of the projects funded in 2015
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2016-12-06, Brussels
ERANET C-IPM Final conference
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