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Introduction to the regulation of biocidal products - decision tree

Are you baffled by the BPR? The Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) was introduced in 2013, but nearly 10 years on the industry is still in a transition phase where both the BPR and member state’s own national rules still apply.

We have created this decision tree to aid simplifying the process of identifying the most appropriate registration route for biocidal products.

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10th European Modelling Workshop Highlights

At the end of August, Sabine Beulke and Emma Tilston were invited to attend the 10th European Modelling Workshop at York. The workshop provides a unique forum for representatives of pesticide producing companies, competent authorities and environmental fate risk assessors to learn about forthcoming improvements to the existing regulatory framework, work in progress and to propose where further improvement is needed.

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A challenging summer for efficacy field trials

It has been a busy summer season for the efficacy team with trials running across the UK and EU, and a number of yield assessments ongoing. We now turn our attention to analysing the data and producing the all important trial reports and biological assessment dossiers in support of your product registrations.

Field conditions have been challenging through the summer season with the exceptionally hot and dry weather across Europe but with good management, trials have continued and indeed product managers can use the extreme conditions to learn even more about their products.

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Endocrine Disruption Hazard Classes for CLP

The draft CLP act introducing hazard classes for endocrine disruption is now out for consultation, in a fast-tracked procedure aimed to rapidly adopt and implement the new classes. The feedback period will end on 18th October, with Chemical watch reporting that the act could be adopted by the end of the year.

The act follows the approach of including 2 hazard classes for endocrine disruption, based on the level of certainty, resulting in categories for ‘Known or Presumed Endocrine Disruptors’ and for ‘Suspected Endocrine Disruptors’


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Widespread Drought in Europe – impacts on crops, efficacy trials and plant protection products

Europe is in the midst of its worst drought in over 500 years, with almost two thirds of the continent affected according to the latest JRC Global Drought Observatory Report for August 2022.

The extremely dry conditions are having numerous negative impacts, reducing crop yields and quality, and also creating conditions for some insect crop pests to flourish.  In the report it is estimated that maize, soybean, and sunflowers will be most affected, with yield reductions estimated to be -16%, -15%, and -12% respectively, relative to 5-year averages.

Drought Article RHS

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