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Biocides and Brexit

The European Commission has issued a new notice to stakeholders regarding how the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will affect the field of biocidal products. Although the UK withdrew from the EU in February, EU law, including the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) No 528/2012), still applies to the UK until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. Some of the key issues for biocides stakeholders are: UK-based suppliers on the Article 95 list should appoint a representative…

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Poison centre notification

A large number of products that contain chemical mixtures are placed on the EU market and used by the general public and professionals in their everyday lives and working environments. Generally, chemical products are considered to be safe if their use instructions are followed. However, inappropriate use or accidents can cause unintentional exposure and, in this case, immediate access to relevant information on the chemical product is crucial for medical staff and emergency responders. In order to have this information…

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(Q)SARs

Structure-activity relationship (SAR) and quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) models, collectively referred to as (Q)SARs, are mathematical models that can be used to predict the properties of compounds based on knowledge of their chemical structure. The basic principle of (Q)SARs is that chemical substances that are structurally similar will have similar properties, which could include physicochemical, biological, toxicological and environmental-fate properties. In the context of plant protection products under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) Regulation (EU) 528/2012,…

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Biocidal product risk assessments

We are often asked whether a similar approach can be taken to conducting a risk assessment for a Biocidal product as for a plant protection product. The first observation we would make is that biocidal product risk assessments have a high variability in approach in contrast to the generally more harmonised and prescribed approach taken to plant protection products risk assessments. Given that biocidal products are very diverse in nature, it is crucial to identify the correct pathway for the…

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Bee risk assessments under the new EFSA guidance for cereal crops

The traditional risk assessment for Plant Protection Products (PPP) in the EU focused only on the acute effects on honey bees. A new EFSA guidance has been developed, which covers more risk scenarios, and also considers bumble bees and solitary bees. Dr Neus Rodriguez- Sanchez, of Kerona Scientific,  presented a poster at the SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting (3-7, May 2020) considering the current challenges of the bee risk assessment under the new EFSA guidance for cereal crops. Two main…

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Biocide training webinars

Kerona has been delivering training courses for many years, ranging from webinars and workshops to bespoke training delivered either remotely or in person. Our courses are tailored to the biocides and plant protection industries, with a series of modules designed to provide an overview of the regulatory environment. We are now starting into our biocide training webinars in May-June 2020. The first webinar is a free webinar summarising the process for technical equivalence. This is followed by 4 webinars on…

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New: CLP Desktop Companion from Kerona Scientific

Kerona Scientific is pleased to announce our new publication, the CLP Desktop Companion. The CLP Regulation, (EC) No 1272/2008, implements the UN Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UN GHS) in the EU. The Regulation is intended to be primarily a self-classification system for companies. The CLP Desktop Companion is a handy A5-sized reference to the key aspects of the CLP Regulation. It condenses the 1,400 pages of the Regulation, focusing on those parts that you are most likely…

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Kerona presents at SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting

We are delighted to announce that our colleague Dr Neus Rodriguez-Sanchez will be presenting a poster at the forthcoming SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting which takes place from the 3-7, May 2020. The poster provides an insight into the challenges of conducting the bee risk assessment under the new EFSA guidance for cereal crops. Guidance Document on the risk assessment of plant protection products on bees (Apis mellifera, Bombus spp. and solitary bees). EFSA Journal 2013;11(7):3295. In line with current…

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Pesticide residues in honey: new guidelines now apply

Applications for plant protection products (PPPs) and active substances must use new technical guidelines for determining the magnitude of pesticide residues in honey. Honeybees may be exposed to PPPs either directly or indirectly when collecting nectar and pollen, and so honey can potentially contain PPP residues. For consumer protection, there should therefore be safe Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for honey, as there are for edible crops and for other products of animal origin. In the past, the MRLs for honey…

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Making a ‘hand sanitiser’ available on the Irish market

At present we are receiving many enquiries from companies asking the steps required in making a ‘hand sanitiser’ available on the Irish market. Sanitising products, such as hand sanitisers, come under the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) and the exact steps to be followed will vary depending on the Active Substance (AS) contained in the product. The two most common active substances used in hand sanitisers are ethanol and isopropyl alcohol (IPA, propan-2-ol), and under normal circumstances these substances are regulated very…

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