Crop protection blog posts

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

European 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 in 2018 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

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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08 March, 2018

Future-proofing residue analysis services

By Stephen Brewin

The regulatory landscape across the globe is evolving at a fast rate, with more sophisticated requirements being placed on registrants and scientists. In parallel, scientific advances mean that methodologies once seen as cutting edge are becoming outdated and inadequate at addressing the new regulatory challenges.

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09 November, 2017

Bee studies - what can we measure and what should we measure?

By Matt Allan

Ecotoxicology is a relatively new study, less than 50 years old. Broadly it is defined as the study of harmful effects of chemicals on ecosystems, including individuals, populations and the environment. In discussing the effects on bees, it is important to also embrace the wider aspect of the effect on the colony of these social insects. 

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07 September, 2017

Powerful innovations in the advancement of ecotoxicology

By Matt Allan

Bees are ecologically important, as the world’s major pollinators. Out of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of food worldwide, 71 are estimated to be pollinated by bees [Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global honey bee colony disorders and other threats to insect pollination, 2011]. Bees, specifically honeybees, have been used in experimental models for ecotoxicology studies. Other types of bees – bumblebees, solitary bees and stingless bees – are also important ecologically. New technologies now enable field and semi-field ecotoxicology studies of all types of bees and the assessment of new endpoints.

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23 April, 2017

6 ways a CRO can supercharge your PPP's time to market

By Kate Newell

The growing demand for safer, innovative plant protection products (PPP) makes bringing new products to market increasingly hard. Everything is changing, from buyer preferences through to weather components. Regulations are now wider and more stringent and farming practices continue to evolve rapidly. In addition, even existing active substances are always under scrutiny and potential review.

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23 April, 2017

Everything you need to know about biocides 101

By Kate Newell

Here you can find all you ought to know about biocides. Discover what they are, how they’re regulated, and the secrets to getting your product registered successfully.

What is a biocidal product?
In the words of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), a “biocidal product” means:

“. . .any substance or mixture, in the form in which it is supplied to the user, or generated from that form, containing or generating one or more active substances, with the intention of destroying, deterring, rendering harmless, preventing the action of, or otherwise exerting a controlling effect on, any harmful organism by any means other than mere physical or mechanical action.”

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