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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COVID-19 regulatory impact

COVID-19 has caused great disruptions around the world, but regulatory deadlines and rules remain in place, and companies must ensure they meet their requirements. Kerona Scientific remains fully operational and committed to helping you with your regulatory needs. Hand sanitisers and other disinfectant products are crucial in the fight against the virus, and as some companies switch production to meet the demand, it’s important to remember that these are biocides subject to the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). The active substance…

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COVID-19 and the role of biocides

COVID-19 presents a challenge and an opportunity for the biocides industry to assist in maintaining public health. At last week’s Biocides Symposium, held at the Pesticide Control Division (PRCD) headquarters in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, the Coronavirus was inevitably a key topic. Hand sanitisers fall under the scope of the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No 528/2012, as product type 1 — products “applied on or in contact with human skin or scalps…

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