Emergency Authorisation for use of Biscaya granted

Biscaya is now available for use in sugar beet - 2nd April - 31st July, two applications at the lower rate of 0.3l/ha.

Emergency Authorisation Number: 0884 of 2020





Product name:                          Biscaya

Active ingredient:                      240 g / l thiacloprid

MAPP number:                         15014

Product authorisation holder:     Bayer CropScience

Marketing company:                 Bayer CropScience

This Emergency Authorisation starts: 2 April 2020


This Emergency Authorisation ends:  31 July 2020


If the authorisation of the above product is withdrawn or amended before the end date above, this Emergency Authorisation will end on the same date as the authorisation for the product.  This Emergency Authorisation will be withdrawn or amended before its end date if a decision is taken to withdraw or amend this Emergency Authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 on any other grounds.


Extent of authorisation:             England

HSE Digital Signature

This and the attached Appendices 1 and 2 are signed by the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) for and on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Date of issue:   2 April 2020


  1. This is Emergency Authorisation number 0884 of
  2. This Emergency authorisation will be published on the website of the Chemicals Regulation Division of the HSE.
  3. Application reference number: COP 2020/00220
  4. Persons using the product to which this Emergency applies should acquaint themselves with and observe all requirements contained in the Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, including the duty on the holder of any Emergency authorisation to notify information on potentially dangerous effects, a contravention of which is a criminal offence under those Regulations.
  5. Neither the efficacy nor the phytotoxicity of the product for which this Emergency authorisation has been granted has been assessed and, as such, the user bears the risk in respect of failures concerning its efficacy and phytotoxicity.


IMPORTANT: When applying this product under the terms of this Emergency Authorisation, comply with any resistance guidance or restrictions stated on the product label.


Total reliance on one pesticide will hasten the development of resistance; pesticides of different chemical types or alternative control measures should be included in a planned programme.  Alternating insecticides with different  modes of action is a recognised anti-resistance strategy and ‘Biscaya’ must be used in alternation with insecticides of a different mode of action, giving consideration to the overall treatment programme on the crop against a range of pests.  ‘Biscaya’ should ideally be applied at the recommended rate of use and in sufficient water volume to achieve the required spray penetration into the crop and uniform coverage necessary for optimal pest control.


This Emergency Authorisation relates to the use of ‘Biscaya’ (MAPP 15014) for the control of peach-potato aphid (Myzus persicae) to prevent virus yellows infection. Applications to be made via horizontal boom sprayer in a minimum of 200 litres water per hectare and application intervals between 7 and 10 days must be observed.

This Emergency Authorisation will expire on 31 July 2020

For any returning application the following data requirements must be addressed:

  • Plant metabolism data for a root crop to confirm the residue definition for thiacloprid in this crop group.
  • Further mammalian toxicology data to address the toxicological relevance of Metabolites M30, M34 and M46.
  • Further information to ensure the risks to sensitive taxa (Emphemeroptera) are covered by the risk assessment for aquatic invertebrates.
  • Information to demonstrate that non-target arthropod populations in field will recover within a year.
  • A toxicity study on Hypoaspis aculeifer (according to OECD 226) and associated risk assessment.


  • Monitoring information and evidence of how use of the product has been limited and controlled. This must include information on fields (with aphid and yellow virus complex counts) which have not been treated with this product and what methods were used to maintain control along with associated effectiveness of the alternatives used. 



The conditions below are obligatory.  They must be complied with when the Emergency authorisation occurs.  Failure to comply with the following conditions will result in the withdrawal or amendment of the Emergency authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and may result in other enforcement action, including prosecution.  For the purposes of this Emergency authorisation only, the conditions and/or requirements shown below supersede any corresponding conditions and/or requirements set out on the label or otherwise provided for under the product authorisation which would otherwise apply.


Field of use:        ONLY AS AN INSECTICIDE

User:                  Professional


Maximum individual dose: (litres product / ha)

Maximum total dose:

Maximum number of treatments: (per crop)

Latest time of application:

Sugar beet




35 days before harvest

The following Aquatic Buffer Zones must be observed:


Aquatic buffer zone distance (metres):


Sugar beet


see Environmental Protection Phrases 1 and 2


Operator Protection:

  • Engineering control of operator exposure must be used where reasonably practicable in addition to the following personal protective equipment:

Operators must wear suitable protective clothing (coveralls), suitable protective gloves and face protection (faceshield) when handling the concentrate.

  • However, engineering controls may replace personal protective equipment if a COSHH assessment shows that they provide an equal or higher standard of protection.

Environmental protection:

  • Horizontal boom sprayers must be fitted with three star drift reduction technology for all uses.
  • Crops/situations with >5m buffer zone:

Since there is a risk to aquatic life from use, direct spray from horizontal boom sprayers must not be allowed to fall within the distance specified for the crop of the top of the bank of any static or flowing waterbody or within 1m of the top of a ditch which is dry at the time of application.

  • Buffer zones must be measured in accordance with the guidance set out in the booklet ‘Local Environment Risk Assessment for Pesticides - Horizontal Boom Sprayers’ available from HSE Chemicals Regulation Division’s website and any amendments made to it.
  • The results of the LERAP must be recorded in written form and must be available for a period of three years for inspection to any person entitled to exercise enforcement powers under or in connection with the Plant Protection Products Regulations 2011 or the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012. (An electronic record will satisfy the requirement for a written record, providing it is similarly available for inspection and can be copied).

Other specific restrictions:

  • This product must not be applied via hand-held equipment.
  • This product must only be applied for the control of peach-potato aphid (Myzus persicae) in accordance with the terms of this Emergency authorisation and the product label and/or leaflet.
  • Buffer zones greater than 5m are NOT eligible for buffer zone reduction under the LERAP scheme.
  • Low drift spraying equipment must be operated according to the specific conditions stated in the official three star rating for that equipment as published on HSE Chemicals Regulation Division’s website. These operating conditions must be maintained until 30m from the top of the bank of any surface water bodies.
  • To protect non target insects/arthropods respect an unsprayed buffer zone of 10 m to non-crop land
  • Dangerous to bees. To protect bees and pollinating insects do not apply to crop plants when in flower. Do not use where bees are actively foraging. Do not apply when flowering weeds are present.


Failure to comply with the following conditions will result in the withdrawal or amendment of the Emergency Authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and may result in other enforcement action, including prosecution.

Adverse effects:

The authorisation holder must immediately notify the Secretary of State if they have any new information on the potentially adverse effects of the authorised product, or of residues of an active substance in that product when used in accordance with the conditions of this Emergency Authorisation.  For those products authorised under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 authorisation holders must also tell the other relevant competent authorities of the EC Member States (a list of which is available from the Health and Safety Executive) and the EC Commission.  Failure to comply with this requirement is an offence.

Provision of information:

The authorisation holder must comply with all requests for information required by, or on behalf of, the Secretary of State in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

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