Plant protection products

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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Kerona Scientific presents webinar series

Kerona is pleased to announce its new webinar schedule for 2019. The company has been delivering training courses for many years, but with the recent move to our new offices we are able to expand our range of services. The webinar series comprises modules tailored to the plant protection and biocide industries, providing an overview of the regulatory environment as well as more specific information about sections of the dossier and data requirements. You can see the full details of…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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