BCPC 2017

This year’s BCPC Congress held in Brighton on 31 October – 1 November marked the 50th anniversary of BCPC’s support for science in UK crop production.   The EU Regulatory system has progressively constrained the crop protection and production technology tools available to UK farmers, but with Brexit negotiations now underway, the question has been posed as to whether the situation will be any different post-Brexit. During the congress, delegates were given some insight into whether future agricultural, environmental and associated…

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Kerona Scientific are attending the BCPC 2017

This year’s BCPC Congress in Brighton on 31 October – 1 November marks the 50th anniversary of BCPC’s support for science in UK crop production.   The EU Regulatory system has progressively constrained the crop protection and production technology tools available to UK farmers, but with Brexit negotiations now underway, the question has been posed as to whether the situation will be any different post-Brexit. Delegates will want to know whether future agricultural, environmental and associated regulation policy will drive…

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Workshop on Plant Protection Products – Biopesticides

Jim Shine of Kerona Scientific attended the “Workshop on Plant Protection Products – Biopesticides”, held at the CTGB in Ede, Netherlands, on 12th October 2017.   Biopesticides are plant protection products containing micro-organisms, botanicals or semiochemicals/pheromones as an active ingredient. Although they are not a specified category in EU law, biopesticides have different data requirements. To this end, the CTGB recently produced the first version of a Biopesticides Evaluation Manual, which describes the data requirements and risk assessment for this group…

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Technical Meeting with Stakeholders on EFSA Guidance on Dermal Absorption

Catherine Alhaddad recently attended the EFSA “Info session on applications – pesticides – technical meeting with stakeholders on EFSA Guidance on dermal absorption”, which was held in Parma, Italy, on the 27th and 28th of September 2017. The EFSA Panel on Plant Protection Products (PPPs) and their Residues (PPR) issued the Scientific Opinion on Guidance on Dermal Absorption in 2012 to assist notifiers, users of test facilities and member state (MS) authorities on the setting of dermal absorption values to…

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Chemical Industry Regulations (CIR), Nice 2017

Kerona Scientific was delighted to recently attend the CIR (Chemical Industry Regulations) conference in Nice, France.  Separate strands of the conference covered REACH, biopesticides and biocidal products, while the AgChem Forum addressed both the regulatory and environmental-science aspects of agrochemical products. The conference was well attended by representatives from EFSA, ECHA and the various regulatory bodies. In the AgChem Forum, there were some very interesting updates on the EFSA guidance documents for aquatic ecotoxicology, birds and mammals, and amphibians and…

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12th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM 2017)

Kerona Scientific is pleased to attend the 12th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM), the premier global meeting for the biocontrol industry, in Basel, Switzerland, on 23-25 October 2017. ABIM gives the industry a chance to network and promote biocontrol, as well as offering a platform to meet with and inform policy makers and regulators. This year’s ABIM will feature two keynote speeches and a scientific programme with 8 sessions and 35 scheduled presentations. An exhibition space forms a core part…

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AgriBusiness Global Trade Summit 2017 – Las Vegas

Kerona were delighted to have attended the AgriBusiness Global Trade Show, ABG (formerly the FCI Conference) in Las Vegas, USA which took place from the 8-10 August. This year the trade show attracted records numbers with more than 800 delegates attending this premier sourcing event from 45+ countries.  The confere nce offers buyers and sellers along the distribution chain of PPP unsurpassed market data intelligence with networking and business growth opportunities. During the event, speakers presented a wide range of…

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Technical Meeting with Stakeholders on EFSA Guidance on Dermal Absorption

Kerona Scientific are delighted to have been chosen to participate in upcoming EFSA “Info Session on Applications – Pesticides – Technical Meeting with Stakeholders on EFSA Guidance on Dermal Absorption” taking place in Parma on the 27th and 28th of September 2017. The aim of this technical meeting is to discuss the recent draft revision of the EFSA PPR Panel guidance on dermal absorption, compared with the original guidance document issued in 2012.  Among the changes introduced in the revision…

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ECHA updates its Candidate List of substances of very high concern

On 7 July, ECHA added a new vPvB (very persistent and very bioaccumulative) substance to the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs). PFHxS (perfluorohexane-1-sulfonic acid) is a member of the group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and may be used as a plasticiser, lubricant, wetting agent or corrosion inhibitor and in fire-fighting foams. Following a proposal by Sweden, PFHxS and its salts were identified by the Member State Committee as vPvB substances in accordance with the criteria…

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Latest BPR guidance from ECHA

The most recent update of ECHA’s Guidance on the Biocidal Products Regulation has been released. Volume IV Environment – Assessment and Evaluation (Parts B + C) provides technical advice on performing the hazard and exposure assessment and risk characterisation for biocidal active substances with respect to environmental risk assessment. Version 2.0 of this section of the guidance is now available in its latest draft form (PDF). All of ECHA’s guidance on biocides legislation can be downloaded from the agency’s website.

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