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The challenges of implementing the BPR: new report

A new report from the European Commission’s Health and Food Safety Directorate-General has identified the many challenges faced by Member States in processing applications for biocidal products. Under the BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation, (EU) No 528/2012), a reference Member State evaluates biocidal products on behalf of itself and other concerned Member States to which the applicant has applied for authorisation. The new report summarises a series of fact-finding missions in 2017-18 in five Member States: Belgium, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands…

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Identifying endocrine disruptors using the ECHA/EFSA Guidance

A Guidance document jointly published by ECHA and EFSA last year describes how to identify endocrine-disrupting (ED) properties of biocidal products and plant protection products. In short, a substance is considered as having ED properties if it has an adverse effect on an intact organism or its progeny and if this effect is a consequence of an endocrine mode of action. There must be an assessment of all the available relevant scientific data using a weight of evidence approach, in…

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The new EU Regulation on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain

In September, Regulation (EU) 2019/1381 came into force, with major implications for the transparency of scientific data used to evaluate pesticides and food additives. The new regulation was prompted by an evaluation of the EU general food law (Regulation EC 178/2002), which concluded that risk communication was not effective enough overall. This affects consumer confidence in the outcome of the risk assessment process. The regulation’s key concerns are to ensure the quality and reliability of scientific studies and the transparency…

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Biocides: What does the future hold?

Meet Kerona on 13 November in Frankfurt, Germany at a full-day conference on emerging issues concerning the regulation of  biocides in Europe and beyond. The event will include speakers from industry and regulatory bodies. After each presentation you will have the opportunity to discuss your questions with relevant experts. The seminar will end with a panel on authorisation routes for biocidal products with industry, legal, technical, and regulatory representatives sharing their perspectives. To register, and for further details, please click…

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Kerona Scientific at ABIM 2019

Kerona Scientific is pleased to attend the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) in Basel, Switzerland, on 21-23 October 2019. Held by the International Biocontrol Manufacturers’ Association, ABIM is the premier global meeting for the biocontrol industry and offers an unrivalled opportunity to discuss market opportunities, learn about the latest regulatory situation, and meet fellow professionals. This year’s conference promises a larger exhibition space and improved facilities for the ever growing number of visitors from over 50 countries and 500 companies .…

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Kerona Scientific are attending AgroChemEx 2019 from 16 – 18 October in Shanghai, China.

AgroChemEx is the  annual agrochemical symposium and exhibition organised by the China Crop Protection Industry Association (CCPIA) and provides an excellent opportunity to meet with governmental authorities, high-level industry decision makers as well as manufacturers and formulators If you would like to meet a member of our team during the event, we would be delighted to arrange a meeting.  Please send an email to info@kerona.ie or contact the team on +353 1 849 5284.

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Relabelling deadline for MIT

All suppliers of the preservative MIT (methylisothiazolone) and products containing it should be aware that its harmonized classification has been added to the CLP Regulation (Regulation No. 1272/2008). Last year, the European Commission published its 13th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP), which included numerous changes to Annex VI. MIT is classified as a Skin Sensitiser, category 1A, with a specific concentration limit of 15 ppm. This limit is much lower than the 0.1% concentration limit for general category 1A skin…

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New document on data protection by the European Commission now available

The new document on data protection by the European Commission is available (Technical Guidelines on Data Protection according to Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009, 2019/C 229/01).  This official document updates the previous SANCO guidance document on data protection (SANCO/12576/2012-rev. 1.1, 1 February 2013) providing a better understanding of the data protections scenarios for active substances and products. Scenario no. 18 for active substance data is included to consider the period of protection for new active substance data submitted with the application…

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Regulation (EU) 2019/1009: The new EU Fertilisers Regulation

The new EU Fertilisers Regulation was published today in the Official Journal of the European Union. Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 will repeal the existing fertilisers regulation, Regulation (EC) 2003/2003. The older regulation had harmonised the EU mineral fertilisers market, but there have been diverging national rules and standards for other fertilising products. This means that non-harmonised fertilisers, such as those produced from domestic organic or secondary raw materials, are associated with additional compliance costs that discourage companies from finding new markets. Regulation…

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Poison Centre notifications

Companies placing hazardous mixtures on the EU market need to be aware of their obligations under Annex VIII of the CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) Regulation. Many EU Member States require that companies must notify a national poison centre, providing information that would be made available to medical personnel and the public in the event of a poisoning or accidental exposure. When the CLP Regulation came into force in 2009, it included a requirement that the Member States create a…

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