Brexit Update – How will Brexit affect your business?

The EU and UK negotiating teams have completed the text of a draft Withdrawal Agreement setting out the terms for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The text was approved by the leaders of the EU-27 member states at a European Council summit held on November 25. It still needs to be approved by the: House of Commons (the UK Parliament), and European Parliament. Subject to ratification the Withdrawal Agreement envisages that: the UK would withdraw from the EU on…

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Kerona to attend BCPC Congress, November 2018

Kerona Scientific are attending the 2018 BCPC Congress, which will take place on 13 – 14 November in Brighton, UK. Held each year by the British Crop Production Council, the BCPC Congress brings together the crop production community to discuss topical issues, focusing on the regulatory aspects of crop production. The theme for this year’s event is “Getting a good deal for Agriculture and the Environment”. The Congress will consider emerging regulatory and environmental policy directions in the EU and post-Brexit…

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ABIM 2018 – Basel, Switzerland

Susan Healy and Jim Shine attended this year’s Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM), held in Basel, Switzerland, on 22-24 October. Jointly organised by the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) and FiBL, ABIM is the premiere meeting place for the biocontrol industry. This 3-day event was the 13th such meeting. The Congress Center Basel played host to some 80 exhibitors and over 1,100 delegates, a record attendance for ABIM. The keynote speakers were Hans Dreyer, director of the Plant Protection and…

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A ‘no-deal’ Brexit: what happens to chemicals regulation in the UK?

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have issued a series of technical notices concerning the regulation of chemicals in the event of the UK leaving the European Union with no agreement in place. Although a no-deal outcome in March 2019 is described as “unlikely”, the guidance has been produced as part of the government’s efforts to prepare for all eventualities, so that businesses and citizens can make informed plans and preparations.…

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EPPO Workshop on Comparative Assessment of Plant Protection Products

Kerona Scientific will be in Lisbon, Portugal, on 24-25 October 2018 to participate in the EPPO Workshop on Comparative Assessment of Plant Protection Products. The workshop aims to address EPPO member countries’ concerns about the comparative assessment of plant protection products (PPPs) containing an active substance that has been identified as a candidate for substitution. According to Regulation EC 1107/2009, PPPs containing candidates for substitution should be assessed with the aim of substituting them, whenever possible, with non-chemical control or prevention…

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Kerona Scientific at ABIM 2018

Kerona Scientific is pleased to attend the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) in Basel, Switzerland, on 22-24 October 2018. 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 one-to-one meetings with prospective partners. If you would like to meet with Kerona Scientific…

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Kerona Scientific are attending AgroChemEx 2018 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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Biocides after Brexit: replacing the UK in active substance evaluations

With Brexit approaching, the European Commission has produced a draft regulation to ensure that the UK’s work in evaluating biocidal active substances is taken up by other countries. In the Review Programme for biocides (Regulation (EU) No 1062/2014), member state competent authorities are designated the evaluating competent authority (eCA) for specific active substance/product type combinations. According to the withdrawal agreement between the EU and UK, from 31 March 2019, the UK competent authority can no longer be an eCA, and…

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BPR Vademecum: updated

A new digital update to the 2nd Edition of our BPR Vademecum is now available. This version is fully hyperlinked so that the user can read and download active substance legislation and assessment reports, guidance documents, and supporting regulations. The BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation, No. 528/2012) is the regulatory framework concerning the making available on the market and the use of biocidal products in the EU. Kerona’s BPR Vademecum contains a User Guide that summarises the implementation procedures of the BPR…

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EFSA’s annual report on pesticides in foods

Over 96% of the food products sold in the EU comply with the legal limits on pesticide residues, according to the latest data from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). As part of the 2016 EU-coordinated control programme (EUCP) and their own national programmes, the EU countries plus Iceland and Norway analysed some 84,567 samples for 791 different pesticides. Most of the samples originated from the reporting countries, although over a quarter came from products imported from third countries. Overall,…

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