Regulation (EU) No 2018/62 of the Committee of 17 January 2018 replacing Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council was published on 23 January 2018.

This text enters into force on 12 February 2018.

Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 lists the products and by-products for which MRLs are set and the part to which those MRLs apply.

Below you will find a summary of the new features incorporated via this regulation:

– A note “(3)” is added on the “Sweet corn” to indicate that MRLs are for whole grain with bran.
– A note “(4)” is added on the category “CEREALS” except for Rice to indicate that “Whole grains” means whole grains with bran. In accordance with the definition agreed at the 2016 meeting of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues, for those species and varieties for which the husks (glum) cannot be removed (fully) by threshing (e. g. barley, oats, spelt, buckwheat, some pseudo-cereals), the part of the product to which the MRLs apply are “husked grains with traces of hulls”.
In the specific case of Rice, MRLs apply to brown rice (husked rice), defined as rice obtained after the husk has been removed from paddy rice.
– A note “(7)” has been added concerning honey. It is indicated that the MRLs defined for this category apply only to honey and not to other beekeeping products given the different chemical characteristics of this type of matrix. As a result, Pollen and Royal Jelly have been removed from the schedule.
– Matrixes have been added or moved, they are indicated in the column “Other products referring to them” below:

Main group

Other related products

Almonds Okari Nuts
Elderberries Red elderberries
Lime Limequats (formerly in Kumquat Group)
Lychees Quince tree of Bengal
Prickly pears / Cacti figs Yellow Pitayas
Maranta arundinacea Water chestnuts/ Bulrush



Camphorated galangal

Round turmeric

Galangal roots

Ginger roots

Japanese horseradish, Wasabia japonica

Iris roots


Jerusalem artichokes

Mashua / Tropaeolum tuberosum

Oxalis tuberosa / New Zealand Yam

Helianthus strumosus

Tuberous pea/ Tuberous vetchling / Earthnut pea

Eggplants Solanum laciniatum
Headed cabbages / Napa cabbage Crambe maritima / Sea kale / Crambe
Green cabbage Lacinato kale / Cavolo nero

Radish leaves

Purslane Carpobrotus edulis
Rosemary Santolina
Bay leaves Pandanus leaves / Pandan/ Screw palm
Seaweeds and prokaryotes Ascophyllum nodosum / Favach / Feamainn bhuí
Buckwheat and other pseudo-cereals Chia seed
Wheat Tritordeum
Infusions – Strawberries Muña /
Nutmeg Monodora myristica / Calabash nutmeg