New head of Biocides business unit starting in January 2018

 

Martina Galler has a PhD in biology and more than 15 years of experience in biocides regulatory affairs. She currently heads up the preservatives group within SCC’s Biocides business unit and will take up her new role at the beginning of 2018. Martina’s field of expertise comprises all BPR activities relating to biocidal active substances and products as well as the environmental risk assessment of biocides in nearly all product types.
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New Organic Farming regulation to be expected in 2021?

Date: 6 December 2017

The trilogue agreement for a new organic regulation of June 2017 was adopted by the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) on 20. November 2017 and by the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture (AGRI Committee) on 22.11.2017.
According to the European Commission a new organic regulation will enter into force on 1 January 2021 and “will apply to the live and unprocessed agricultural products, including seeds and other plant reproductive material and processed agricultural products used as food and feed. Processed products could be labelled as organic only if at least 95 % of the agricultural ingredients are organic”.
Organic farming is one of the most dynamic sectors of EU agriculture, currently growing at around 400.000 ha per year with a growth peak of 800.000 ha per year in the last two years.

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Organic market had a mean yearly growth of 12.5 % in the last 10 years and is worth around €27 billion.
The new legislation shall provide a simpler and more harmonized approach. Commission states that the main improvement of the new regulation will be the introduction of one set of EU-wide rules covering the whole EU organic sector and is going to apply also to non-EU farmers who export their organic products to the EU market.
IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) EU acknowledged the huge effort made by the stakeholders to improve the text. However, IFOAM EU also showed some concerns as voting did not result in a strong majority in favour of the existing draft whereat Austria and Germany, two of the biggest players in the organic sector, did not endorse the text. Therefore, IFOAM called for a strong commitment by the EU Institutions and by the Member States to work together on further improvements on the legislative text.
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New EU fertiliser regulation: “Dual use” for Plant Biostimulants and Plant Protection Products rejected by EU parliament

Date: 6 November 2017
 
On 23 to 26 October 2017, 404 amendments to the upcoming EU fertiliser regulation (“Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009) and thus the future on CE marked fertilizing products and biostimulants were debated in the European Parliament (see also SCC's “Current News” of 23 October 2017).

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Dr Lars Huber, Head of Biostimulants, Fertiliser, IPM

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Dynamic growth of the global biopesticides market

Date: 1 November 2017

In the interview with AgroPages, Dr Lars Huber reflects on increasing interest of major multinationals, general regulatory trends and recent market changes. To read more, please follow the link.

You might be also interested in further articles, recently published by our expert:
New EU fertiliser regulation
Low risk substances: New EPPO guidance

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CEUREG Forum 24-25 October 2017 - Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Date: 30 October 2017

On occasion of the recent CEUREG Forum (http://www.ceureg.com) held in Bratislava, plant protection products regulation experts from Central and Eastern European countries met to discuss various important issues related to the authorisation process under current EU legislation, the reduction of the risk of pesticides use, misuse of the parallel trade, illegal trade as well as application of pesticides in/near residential. Please find here the presentations Dr Karin Lauber and Dr Bernd Brielbeck have given on 24 October 2017 at that XXI CEUREG Forum in Bratislava as invited speakers to that Forum.

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New EU fertiliser regulation: “Dual use” for Plant Biostimulants and Plant Protection Products under debate in EU parliament

Date: 23 October 2017

 

Yesterday the upcoming EU fertiliser regulation and the future on CE marked fertilizing products were debated in the European Parliament.
Subject of the debate is a report of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009.

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The amendments under discussion contain significant changes, especially for the new Product Function Category (PFC) of Plant Biostimulants which also includes microorganisms. According to the current proposal, Part II of Annex I shall be amended, setting out the requirements for Plant Biostimulants as: “The plant biostimulant shall have the effects that are claimed on the label for the plant specified thereon. Where the plant biostimulant contains one or more ingredients that have been approved under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, the information provided during conformity assessment will provide compelling empirical evidence of the biostimulant effect, taking into account relevant parameters […]”
Regulation 1107/2009 shall be amended accordingly, defining Plant biostimulant as “a product containing any substance or micro-organism stimulating plant nutrition processes independently of its nutrient content, or any combination of such substances and/or micro-organisms, with the sole aim of improving one or more of the following characteristics of the plant or the plant rhizosphere: (a) nutrient use efficiency; (b) tolerance to abiotic stress; (c) crop quality traits."
The suggested amendments would close the regulatory gaps between biopesticides and biostimulants, allowing for an increase in product registrations.

For further information on biostimulants and the upcoming EU Regulation, please also refer to the special edition of SCC Newsletter No. 2/2016  on the Draft Fertilising Products Regulation (COM(2016) 157 final) or the critical review on current development of biostimulants by Dr Lars Huber in Agrow's supplement Biologicals 2017.

Please click here, to read the full text of the Committee report.
Dr Lars Huber, Head of Biostimulants, Fertiliser, IPM

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Low risk substances: New EPPO guidance on principles of efficacy evaluation for low risk plant protection products

Date: 19 October 2017

 

The new EPPO (European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization) guidance PP 1/296(1) on principles of efficacy evaluation for low-risk plant protection products was adopted in September 2017 and will be published soon. This guidance sets out the requirements for efficacy testing and data requirements for products based on low risk active substances.

 The new guidance provides more detailed information on several aspects of efficacy evaluation for the different types of possible low risk active substances and products such as (bio)chemicals, substances derived from animals, botanicals, minerals, micro-organisms, extracts from micro-organisms, semiochemicals including pheromones, baculoviruses or substances of synthetic origin.

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Dr Lars Huber, Head of Biostimulants, Fertiliser, IPM

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Commission warning on Brexit

Date: 27 September 2017
 

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