Operator, Resident/Bystander, Worker Exposure Workshop at the CRD

Catherine Alhaddad recently attended the Operator, Resident/Bystander, Worker Exposure Workshop which was held by the CRD in York on the 26th of June 2018, as a refresher on the topic and to stay current with any updates or imminently expected changes. The workshop mainly focused on the EFSA guidance on the assessment of exposure of operators, workers, residents and bystanders in risk assessment for plant protection products and the use of the accompanying calculator for the assessment of operator exposure…

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Kerona Scientific at Prague Biocides Conference

Ieva Balaisyte and Catherine Alhaddad recently attended the Prague Biocide Conference 2018, which was held in Prague on the 21st and 22nd of June 2018. The conference touched on a variety of hot topics, starting with a regulatory update from ECHA and some perspective on union and national authorisations given by competent authorities, legal representatives and industry. The current lack of harmonisation in opinions of the various competent authorities and ECHA was highlighted in a presentation that demonstrated the highly…

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Union Authorisation of biocidal products – new European Commission report

The European Commission has issued a report providing an overview of current applications for Union Authorisation of biocidal products. Union Authorisation, a concept introduced by the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) 528/2012 (the BPR), aims at facilitating the making available on the market throughout the EU of certain biocidal products with similar conditions of use in all Member States. Applications can be submitted under Article 43 of the BPR or under Article 4 of the Same Biocidal Products (SBP) Regulation (EU)…

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Scientific criteria for endocrine disruptors published

The EU regulation on Plant Protection Products (PPP), Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009, has been amended to include the recently established scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties. Although the existing legislation protects consumers from endocrine disruptors, no formal criteria have been established to identify these substances. Last year, EU Member States voted to adopt the scientific criteria proposed by the European Commission under the PPP legislation and the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). For biocides, the criteria were published in…

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Prague Biocides Conference, 21 – 22 June 2018

Kerona Scientific are attending the Prague Biocides Conference on 21 – 22 June 2018.  This conference will focus on SME’s and review the progress on active substance approvals.  This conference promises to be an ideal meeting place for a wide range of EU regulators, experts and industry participants from across Europe.    The 2018 programme will focus on the experience and challenges of SMEs in respect to Mutual Recognition procedures and further progress made in active substance approvals.  In addition…

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Biocides Symposium Berlin May 2018

Susan Healy recently attended the Chemical Watch Biocides Symposium in Berlin. This was a very interesting conference with a broad range of presentations on the authorisation of biocidal products within the Biocidal Product Regulation.  Speakers included representatives from various member state bodies and from ECHA.  Some consultants in the field also spoke of their experience of the BPR system.  Some key topics discussed included the biocidal product family approach, the challenges of planning efficacy testing and the practical implications of…

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9th Biocides Symposium, Berlin, Germany

Kerona Scientific will attend the 9th Biocides Symposium in Berlin in early May 2018. This two-day Symposium will focus on Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 and will examine in depth the various product authorisation processes foreseen within the Regulation. It will include presentations on the Authorization of Biocidal Product Families. A special feature of Day One of the Symposium will be key presentations from the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency.   https://events.chemicalwatch.com/59999/biocides-symposium If you would like to meet a member…

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New version of the EFSA PRIMo Pesticide Residue Intake Model

EFSA has released revision 3 of PRIMo, the calculation model used to estimate long- and short-term dietary consumer exposure to pesticide residues. Since 2007, PRIMo has been used in safety assessments of EU maximum residue levels (MRLs) for pesticides and in proposals for MRLs. The Excel-based calculation spreadsheet is based on national food consumption data and unit weights provided by Member States. Revision 3 contains updated food consumption data derived from some recent dietary food surveys. New functionalities have also…

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Kerona Scientific at ECPA Regulatory Conference 2018

Kerona was delighted to attend this year’s European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) Regulatory Conference, which was held in Brussels on 7-8 March. This was Kerona’s fourth year attending the conference, which was well represented from the Member States Competent Authorities. Over the course of four conference sessions and several workshops, participants discussed current and future challenges in the implementation of the plant protection product Regulation 1107/2009. It was particularly interesting to hear the varied opinions during the pre-dinner debate on…

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Kerona Scientific’s commitment to Customer Services Recognised

Kerona Scientific is delighted that its commitment to customer service was recognised recently at the SFA National Small Business Awards 2018 where it was a winner in the Services Category.   Dr. Irene McGrath MD of Kerona Scientific was presented with the award by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation at the national prize-giving ceremony held in  the RDS, Dublin, in February 2018.   Speaking during the award ceremony SFA Chair Sue O’Neill, commented that the finalists for this…

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