Crop protection blog posts

30 January, 2019

The why and wherefores of Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)

By David Arrowsmith

Biocidal products are used to control unwanted organisms (e.g., pests, such as rats, or micro-organisms, like bacteria) that are harmful to the health of humans or animals, the environment, or that cause damage to human activities. As such, biocides play an important role in everyday life and reflect a huge range of product types, from disinfectants to insecticides.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) regulates the specific biocide products that are available in the EU/EEA and Switzerland, as well as the active substances that they contain, under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). The aim of the BPR is to ensure that all marketed biocidal products perform their intended role (i.e., have efficacy) and pose a low hazard to humans, animals and the environment when used as specified.

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12 December, 2018

Are you aware of the new criteria for Endocrine Disruptors?

By Hyacinth Chin Sue

The new EU requirements for endocrine disruptor identification will impact any active ingredients (AIs) going through the renewal and are expecting a decision November 2018 and onwards.

Read on to find out what these requirements mean and how you can meet them.

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13 November, 2018

How much do you really know about the world of pollination?

By Matt Allan

Pollinator protection is a hot topic at the moment, and deservedly so, given the need to feed 7.6 billion people. The challenge we all face is how to control the pests that damage food crops without killing the insects that help produce the food. By insects, I mean of course predominantly, but not exclusively bees.

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26 October, 2018

Envigo Science and Technology week 2018 - helping build a healthier and safer world

By Carey Rooks

Recently Envigo held its first Science and Technology Week, across some of our key locations. We spoke to our President of EMEA Operations Lizanne Muller about this positive new program. Lizanne is based at our Huntingdon facility. She said: “Science and Technology Week was developed to celebrate the work that takes place across our organization every day. It was wonderful to see so many people sharing their passion for the work they do.” During the week we also invited our suppliers to join in our celebrations and discuss our ongoing partnerships.

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17 October, 2018

The role of the professional beekeeper in regulatory studies

By Matt Allan

A good regulatory study on bees demands an interesting combination of skills and experience, particularly in the higher tiers. Understand the key role of the professional beekeeper in regulatory studies by reading the latest blog in the series.

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03 October, 2018

3 steps to achieve successful active substance renewal

By Gary Dean

The renewal process in the EU and the US for existing Active substances requires advance planning and careful and attentive management. Understand the key steps in the process by reading the final blog in the series.

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19 September, 2018

EU regulation of active substances and PPPs: what you need to know

By Gary Dean

Challenges and opportunities exist in the plant protection market and this post is designed to examine how existing active substances (ASs) are managed through the current regulatory renewal systems in the EU. Find out here.

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05 September, 2018

Are you up to speed on US regulation of active substances and PPPs?

By Gary Dean

Important patent expiries are expected in the coming year, and merger and acquisition activity among agrochemical companies is changing the competitive landscape. Against this backdrop, the history, knowledge and insight about established active substances could get ‘lost’, and such changes may pose risks for reauthorization of PPPs. Find out here.

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21 August, 2018

Preserving lifecycles: how to renew established pesticides

By Gary Dean

The regulation that governs the marketing, sale and use of pesticides is just a fact of life for us but the standards imposed are constantly evolving as our scientific insight and knowledge increases. Understand how global regulators define pesticides and their approval. Find out here.

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05 April, 2018

Unearth the 7 secrets to a successful field trial

By Javier Bartolomé

Residues of plant protection products (PPPs) are inevitably present in or on food, even when they are applied in line with good agricultural practice. The upper limit of residue permitted on food or feed is the ‘maximum residue level’ (MRL), which, in Europe, is legislated by the European Commission based on scientific advice from the European Food Safety Authority.

MRLs are measured via crop residue field trials, which replicate the real-life agricultural conditions under which a plant protection product would be used. It sounds a simple enough procedure, but what studies are commonly used and what are the secrets to success?

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