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17th Fitosymposium Seville

April 16, 2024

Kerona Scientific attended the 17th Fitoymposium on March 13th to 15th in Seville, Spain. This three-day gathering brought together experts, public and private organizations, and professionals from the plant protection and fertilizer sectors. The main discussions during the event were regarding food quality and safety at European level; the new updates […]

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Current BPC Activities

April 9, 2024

At the Dublin Biocides Symposium 2024, Kerona Scientific was delighted to host Dr Joost van Galen, Chair of the Biocidal Product Committee (BPC) at the European Chemicals Agency. Joost offered a comprehensive overview of the current activities undertaken by the BPC. The BPC serves as a pivotal body responsible for providing […]

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Navigating National Restrictions: A Deep Dive into Self-Service Biocide Products

March 26, 2024

Kerona Scientific was delighted to host Kerstin Schrade, the managing director of Vali Consulting GmbH at the Dublin Biocide Symposium on the 21st of March, 2024. Kerstin provided a detailed insight into the intricate world of national restrictions in self-service for biocidal products and to answer the question “Is a national […]

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PestEx London 2024

March 12, 2024

Greg O’Brien and Dr Chrysoula Pateraki from Kerona Scientific are looking forward to attending PestEx, the BPCA Pest Management Show in London on March 13th and 14th, 2024. PestEx is the UK’s biggest trade show and conference for pest management https://pestex.org/ Please contact info@kerona.ie to arrange a meeting at PestEx to discuss any […]

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17º Symposium Nacional de Sanidad Vegetal

March 11, 2024

Dr Irene McGrath and Rosa Mª Miras López from Kerona Scientific are looking forward to attending the 17º Symposium Nacional de Sanidad Vegetal (Fitosymposium) in Seville 13, 14, 15 March 2024. The National Plant Health Symposium is organised by Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Agrícolas de Andalucía Occidental, and will focus on […]

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Industry Feedback on the Plant Protection Products Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009

March 5, 2024

At the Dublin PPP Symposium in November 2023, Bart Vanhoof from UPL, Netherlands, shared his industry feedback regarding experiences with the Plant Protection Products Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009. Along with Regulation 1107/2009 are several associated legislations such as the MRL Regulation (396/2005), Transparency legislation, Regulation 1272/2008 for classification and labeling, and […]

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Exploring the Future of Pest Management: Kerona Scientific at Expocida Iberia 2024

February 27, 2024

Kerona Scientific attended Expocida Iberia 2024 on February 15th and 16th at IFEMA in Madrid. This two-day gathering brought together experts, organisations, and professionals from the pest management and environmental health sectors. The central theme of this year’s Expocida was changes in the regulatory framework. As industry adapts to this changing landscape, it is […]

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The way forward in the EU for co-formulants in plant protection products

February 20, 2024

At the Dublin Plant Protection Symposium in November 2023, Dr Maristella Rubbiani, Policy Officer at Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission, talked about the way forward in the EU for co-formulants in plant protection products. Dr Maristella explained why the assessment of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) and […]

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Expocida Iberia Madrid 2024

February 8, 2024

Dr Irene McGrath and Luis Fresco Dorrio from Kerona Scientific are looking forward to attending Expocida in Madrid on February 15th and 16th, 2024. It is one of the most important events in the Pest Control and Environmental Health sector, which will be held at Pavilion 10 of IFEMA MADRID. Please […]

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CropLife Europe Presentation at Dublin PPP Symposium

February 7, 2024

Laurent Oger, Deputy Director General at CropLife Europe, spoke at Kerona Scientific’s 4th Dublin PPP Symposium in November 2023. To explain the most recent developments and concerns regarding the PPP Legislation in the EU: Situation for active substances (AS) and plant protection products (PPP) Since the implementation of Regulation (EC) No. […]

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Update from the Chair of the Central Zone Steering Committee

January 30, 2024

Monika Pawlowicz from the Polish Ministry spoke at Kerona Scientific’s 4th Dublin PPP in November 2023. Poland was the chair of the Central Zone Steering Committee (CZSC) in 2023, and Monika is the coordinator of the team responsible for risk management and regulatory decision on authorization and amendments of PPP in […]

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Update from the Chair of the Southern Zone Steering Committee

January 22, 2024

At Kerona’s Dublin Plant Protection Product Symposium in November 2023, we welcomed Dr Danae Pitarokili, Chair of the Southern Member States (SMS) Steering Committee, and Head of the Department of Plant Protection Products of the Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food in Athens. In 2023, the SMS issued an updated […]

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Update on PPP Registration in GB

January 16, 2024

Kerona Scientific was delighted to host Darren Flynn from the UK Chemical Regulation Division (CRD) as a speaker at the Dublin Plant Protection Product Symposium in November 2023. Darren gave a detailed update on Plant Protection Product (PPP) Registration in GB, including information on the approval of new active substances, the […]

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Developments in Biological Control in the EU

December 18, 2023

During the 2023 Dublin PPP Symposium in November, Jeroen Meeussen, Regulatory Adviser at IBMA spoke about the current developments in biological control in the EU. Jeroen started by presenting the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA). This organization is the voice of the biocontrol technologies industry and advocates for proportionate regulation of […]

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Updates from the Northern Zone

December 5, 2023

On the 21st and 22nd of November 2023, Kerona Scientific hosted its fourth annual Plant Protection Products (PPPs) Symposium, providing a unique opportunity to hear from and interact with industry and regulatory experts about recent developments for PPPs across Europe. Among the speakers at the symposium was Jana Johansen-Hladilova from the […]

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The New EFSA Guidance for Birds and Mammals

November 28, 2023

On November 21st, during the 2023 Dublin Plant Protection Symposium, Dr Gabe Weyman, an independent consultant with a vast experience in regulatory ecotoxicology, talked about the new EFSA guidance for Birds and Mammals. Ecotoxicological guidance is being continually updated with increasing requirements making them more extensive and complex and the new […]

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State of play of the Fertilising Products Regulation and its future development

November 13, 2023

During the 2023 Dublin FPR Symposium on the 28th of September, Dr Theodora Nikolakopoulou, Policy Officer for Fertilising Products, DG GROW, spoke about the state of play of the Fertilising Products Regulation (EU) 2019/2009 (the FPR) and its future developments. Dr Theodora started the presentation by reviewing briefly the most important […]

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Irish Perspective on the Fertilising Products Regulation

November 7, 2023

On September 28th, 2023, Kerona Scientific hosted their first FPR Symposium. Among the speakers at the symposium were Dr Finbarr O’Regan and Colin Murtagh from the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine in Ireland. Their presentation focused on Ireland’s perspective regarding the regulation of fertilisers, particularly in light of the […]

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Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting 23-25 October 2023

November 2, 2023

Catherine Al-Haddad and Evangelia Chatzaki from Kerona Scientific attended the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) on the 23rd to 25th of October 2023 in Basel, Switzerland. Exhibitors and speakers from all over the world were present, representing both industry and the regulatory bodies. This provides an excellent opportunity for delegates to […]

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Fruit Attraction 2023

October 24, 2023

On the 3rd and 4th of October Dr Irene McGrath and Diego Medina attended the fifteenth edition of Fruit Attraction in Madrid. Fruit Attraction is the main fruit and vegetable fair in Spain and is one of the biggest events in the sector at European and global level. The event brought […]

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Efficacy Testing for Biostimulants

October 17, 2023

Biostimulant Efficacy Testing was explored in Kerona’s very first Dublin FPR Symposium on the Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR, Regulation (EU) 2019/1009) on the 28th of September 2023. In fact, the plethora of questions received from the attendees showed that there is a lot of uncertainty around the standards for designing efficacy […]

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Industry Insight into the FPR from a Plant Biostimulant Perspective

October 10, 2023

On September 28th 2023, Kerona Scientific held their first Dublin FPR Symposium dealing with key regulatory aspects relevant to the registration of products under the Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR, Regulation (EU) 2019/1009). Neal Sanders, Operations Manager at IntraCrop Ltd, UK, presented his industry insight into the FPR from a Plant Biostimulant […]

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Experience with CE Marking of Plant Biostimulants under the FPR

October 5, 2023

Dr Ildikó Varga and Júlia Ferenczi, experts in plant biostimulants at CerTrust Notified Body 2806, spoke at the recent Dublin FPR Symposium, sharing their experience with CE Marking of plant biostimulants under the Fertilising Products Regulation (EU) 2019/2009 (the FPR). There are some borderline cases between the FPR and the Plant […]

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Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting 2023

September 26, 2023

Catherine Aqleh Alhaddad and Evangelia Chatzaki from Kerona Scientific are looking forward to attending ABIM in Basel, Switzerland from 23 – 25 October 2023. During the three days over 1500 delegates from over 50 countries representing more than 500 companies and organisations from all over the globe can be expected to […]

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Fruit Attraction 2023

September 19, 2023

Fruit Attraction 2023 Dr Irene McGrath and Diego Medina Collado from Kerona Scientific are looking forward to attending Fruit Attraction in Madrid from October 3rd to 5th, 2023. In its 15th Anniversary, Fruit Attraction will bring together more than 90,000 delegates from 135 countries looking for the latest trends in the fruit and […]

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International Crop-Science Conference & Exhibition India 2023

August 14, 2023

Dr Irene McGrath and Greg O’Brien from Kerona Scientific are looking forward to attend ICSCE (International Crop-Science Exhibition), India’s biggest agri inputs trade show, in New Delhi on the 7th and 8th of September 2023. Please get in touch at info@kerona.ie to arrange a meeting in New Delhi if you are […]

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Advice on Data Access Negotiations

July 10, 2023

Kerona Scientific recently hosted their third virtual Biocides Symposium in March 2023, featuring Gerard McElwee, Partner at Fieldfisher in Brussels, as a guest speaker. Gerard’s presentation provided insights into the various aspects involved in data access negotiations under the BPR, including the types of data which may be accessed, where to […]

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Use Limitations Imposed at Active Substance Level

June 20, 2023

At Kerona Scientific’s recent Biocide Symposium in March, Eléonore Mullier, Partner at Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium, outlined the use limitations imposed at active substance level under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). Eléonore explained the challenges facing applicants whereby increasingly stringent conditions are being imposed on active substance (AS) approval and renewal […]

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Mixture Assessment Factor – Potential Impacts on Biocide Co-Formulants

June 7, 2023

At the Dublin Biocide Symposium presented by Kerona Scientific Ltd, which took place on the 28th and 29th of March 2023, Caroline Raine, Technical Associate Director of NCEC Ricardo Energy and Environment, gave a presentation on the debated topics related to the European green deal. Her presentation discussed the chemical strategy […]

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Field Efficacy Testing for Biocides (PT18 and PT19)

May 31, 2023

Dr. Andrea Drago from Entostudio in Italy, collaborator in the working group for PT19, spoke at the Dublin Biocides Symposium in March 2023 on the topic of field testing for the efficacy evaluation of biocides for PT18 and PT19. The discussion focused on the publication of the new 5.0 version of […]

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Challenges with the Guidance on the Biocidal Products Regulation (Volume II: Efficacy) for PT18 (Insecticides) and PT19 (Repellents and Attractants) – a Laboratory Perspective

May 23, 2023

Kerona Scientific held their third Biocide Symposium on the 28th and 29th of March 2023. The Symposium centered on several key aspects related to the registration of products and active substances under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012). Dr. Catherine Linn, Head of Department, Biology, at BioGenius GmbH Germany, […]

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Current BPC Activities

May 3, 2023

Kerona Scientific held their third Biocide Symposium on the 28th and 29th of March 2023. The Symposium centred on several key aspects related to the registration of products and active substances under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012). Erik van de Plassche, Chair of the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC), […]

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Experiences with Union Authorisation and Biocidal Product Families

April 24, 2023

At the recent Dublin Biocide Symposium organised by Kerona Scientific, Nathalie Hanon, Executive Vice President at CEHTRA in Spain, gave a presentation on her experiences with Union Authorisation (UA) and Biocidal Product Families (BPF). Nathalie started the presentation with an overview of Article 3(1)(s) of the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No. […]

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Union Authorisation: Experience and Top Tips by the German CA (Competent Authority)

April 18, 2023

On the 28th and 29th of March 2023, Kerona Scientific held their third virtual Dublin Biocide Symposium dealing with key regulatory aspects relevant to the registration of products and active substances under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012). The first day of the symposium included presentations on EU biocide […]

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EU Biocide Developments – An Irish Perspective

April 4, 2023

At the recent Dublin Biocides Symposium presented by Kerona Scientific,  Dr Mervyn Parr, Risk Manager at the Pesticide Registration and Control Division (PRCD) in Ireland, provided insightful information about the EU biocides regulation from an Irish perspective. The slides of this presentation are available for download from the Kerona Scientific website […]

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Considerations in Addressing Data Requirements for Bees

March 22, 2023

At Kerona Scientific’s Plant Protection Symposium, Markus Persigehl, Senior Study Director from tier 3 solutions GmbH, Germany, provided an in-depth view of the considerations required for addressing data requirements for bees. Around 70% of plant species are pollinated by bees. Honeybees, bumble bees and solitary bees are the bee species considered […]

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BPR News

March 15, 2023

At the recent Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) meeting on the 8th of March, the ECHA BPC announced their approval of nitrogen generated from ambient air as a low-risk active substance for Annex I to the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). Additionally, the BPC has shown their support for Union Authorization (UA) of […]

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PPP and Yield Enhancer Registration in Hungary

March 14, 2023

Day two of Kerona Scientific’s virtual Dublin PPP Symposium featured a presentation by Dr Gábor Tőkés on PPP and yield enhancer registration in Hungary. This focused on three main topics: Solutions for PPP authorisation capacity problems, handling borderline cases/non-PPP and parallel authorisation systems for fertilisers. Dr Tőkés explained that products used […]

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Updates from the Northern Zone

February 7, 2023

Camilla Thorin from the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) delivered an interesting presentation during our recent PPP Symposium to give updates on the Northern Zone (NZ) in relation to plant protection products. There is ongoing work in determining unacceptable co-formulants in the NZ phys-chem group. For ongoing product authorisations which will be […]

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CLP Process for PPP Active Substances

January 31, 2023

Dr Flavio Marchetto, Scientific Officer at the ECHA Classification and Labelling Unit, spoke at the recent Dublin Plant Protection Symposium, presented by Kerona Scientific Ltd. in November 2022 and explained the CLH process for plant protection product active substances.   The general CLH process starts with the submitters, manufacturers or member […]

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Mixture Assessment Factor and its Implications for the PPP Industry

January 24, 2023

At the recent Dublin Plant Protection Symposium, presented by Kerona Scientific Ltd, Caroline Raine, Technical Associate Director of Ricardo Energy and Environment spoke about the Mixture Assessment Factor (MAF) and its Implications for the PPP Industry. Caroline explained how the European green deal is changing the panorama in the PPP industry […]

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Update from the Central Zone

January 6, 2023

On November 29th – 30th 2022, Kerona Scientific held their third Dublin PPP Symposium dealing with key regulatory aspects relevant to the registration of products and active substances under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. The first day of the symposium included presentations on future outlook for pesticides, data requirements for bees, and […]

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Experiences with European Registration of Plant Protection Products

December 20, 2022

At Kerona Scientific’s virtual Dublin Plant Protection Symposium in November 2022, Ian Wheals, Head of Regulatory Policy at Syngenta, shared his experiences with European Registration of Plant Protection Products. Ian began with an overview of the farm-to-fork strategy and the REFIT report on PPP Regulation. He reiterated the unrealistic objective of […]

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Ctgb “Workshop on plant protection products – Preparation of microbial dossiers based on the new legislation”

December 5, 2022

On December 1, 2022, Kerona participated in the “Workshop on plant protection products – Preparation of microbial dossiers based on the new legislation” conducted by the Ctgb at its headquarters in Ede, The Netherlands. The workshop focused on recent changes to the current rules relevant to microorganisms, due to the establishment […]

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Ctgb Workshop

November 28, 2022

Our Regulatory Consultant Amanda Araujo de França will participate in the Ctgb’s “Workshop on Plant Protection Products – The preparation of microbial active substance and product dossiers based on the new legislation” on the 1st of December 2022 in Ede, Netherlands. Please contact us at info@kerona.ie  if you need regulatory support […]

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Kerona at ABIM Basel

October 24, 2022

Dr Irene McGrath is attending ABIM in Basel. Please get in touch at info@kerona.ie if you would like to arrange a meeting.

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An Irish Perspective on the EU Biocide Regulation

May 3, 2022

In February, Kerona Scientific hosted a two-day virtual Biocides Symposium. Donal Lynch, Head of Biocides Registrations at the Pesticide Registration and Control Divisions (PRCD) in Ireland, opened the symposium with a presentation that explained how the EU biocide regulations have developed historically, how the Irish Department of Agriculture has internally adapted […]

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Update from the Ctgb

April 26, 2022

At the Dublin Biocides Symposium in February 2022, Dr. Cindy van der Meer, Account Manager for the Dutch Board for the Authorization of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb), gave an interesting presentation covering updates from the Ctgb on Regulatory Aspects. Five years ago, the Ctgb became popular as a choice […]

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Biocide Opportunities and Challenges from an Industry Perspective

March 29, 2022

At the recent Dublin Biocide Symposium organised by Kerona Scientific, Dr. Helena Gräf, Head of Biocide Regulatory Affairs at Ecolab in Germany, gave a presentation on “Biocide Opportunities and Challenges from an Industry Perspective”. Dr. Gräf started with an overview of the aims of the Biocidal Products Regulation – harmonisation to […]

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Experiences with In-Situ Active Chlorine

March 22, 2022

In February 2022, Kerona Scientific organised the Dublin Biocide Symposium with many interesting presentations from various representatives from Industry and Ministries. Nick Meakin, CEO at Aqualution Systems, brought a fascinating presentation on “Experiences with In-Situ Active Chlorine”. Active chlorine is an in situ active substance (i.e., it is generated at the point […]

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Regulation of Biocides in the UK – Update from the HSE

March 15, 2022

At Kerona Scientific’s virtual Biocides Symposium in February, Dr Nicola Gregg, Head of Biocides Operational Policy at HSE UK, spoke about the new Biocidal Products Regulation in Great Britain. The new GB regime reflects the framework of the EU BPR, but the two systems operate independently. Since the UK exited the […]

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Current Activities of the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) and Updated BPR Vademecum

March 8, 2022

The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) is responsible for preparing the opinions of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on several issues, including the approval of active substances and Union Authorisations of biocidal products. At Kerona Scientific’s virtual Biocides Symposium, held in February this year, BPC chair Erik van de Plassche spoke about […]

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Phys-Chem and Storage Stability Testing for Biocidal Products

March 1, 2022

At the recent Dublin Biocides Symposium organised by Kerona Scientifc, David Norris, owner of DNAL (David Norris Laboratories in the UK) gave a presentation on Phys-Chem and Storage Stability Testing for Biocidal Products. Storage stability testing includes physical tests and active substance analysis, to ensure that the product is still useful […]

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Approval of Microbial Active Substances

February 22, 2022

At Kerona’s 2021 Dublin PPP Symposium, Agata Jakubowska of Applied Insect Science (APIS) gave a helpful overview of new developments in the approval of microbial active substances under the PPP Regulation. Microorganisms are one of several categories of biopesticides, along with natural substances, semiochemicals and beneficial organisms. The presentation began with […]

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EFSA Processes – Peer Review and MRL Aspects

February 15, 2022

At the 2021 Dublin Plant Protection Symposium, Dr Dimitra Kardassi and Alessia Verani of EFSA, gave a presentation on various new aspects of the EFSA peer review. To start with, the four pillars of the Transparency Regulation 2019/1381, which is applicable for new dossiers and applications submitted on or after 27th […]

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EU Biopesticide Registration

February 8, 2022

Kerona’s virtual symposium ‘Innovation in the EU Regulation of Plant Protection Products’ was concluded with a very interesting presentation by Dr Mike Carroll from Eden Research on the registration of biopesticides in the EU under Regulation 1107/2009. The global picture of biopesticide regulations is mixed: there is specific legislation in some […]

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Status of the Regulation 1107/2009 – Current Challenges and Opportunities

January 25, 2022

At the 2021 Dublin Plant Protection Symposium, Laurent Oger, Director for Regulatory Affairs at CropLife Europe, spoke about the “Status of the Regulation 1107/2009 – Current Challenges and Opportunities” He started by describing the main issues currently going on with regulation 1107/2009: problems with the zonal system, the ability of authorities […]

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The Latest from the UK – Operating a GB Pesticides Regime

January 18, 2022

At the Dublin Plant Protection Symposium in December 2021, Dr Christine Snaith gave a presentation titled “The Latest from the UK – Operating a GB Pesticides Regime”. She is Head of Plant Protection Products, HSE/Chemical Regulation Division (CRD) in the UK. Christine began the presentation with the main changes that have […]

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Southern Zone Steering Committee – An Update

January 11, 2022

At the Dublin Plant Protection Symposium in December 2021 Natalia Nogueira de Diego spoke on “Updates from the Southern Zone”. Natalia is the Head of the Spanish Plant Protection Products Register in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fish (MAPA). Spain has just started chairing the Southern Member State Steering Committee […]

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Northern Zone Steering Committee – An Update

January 4, 2022

At the 2021 Dublin Plant Protection Symposium, Mariann Leps, advisor at the Agriculture and Food Board in Estonia, presented an “Update from the Northern Zone”. The Northern Zone (NZ) steering committee (NZSC) is chaired for one year on a rotating basis. The chair in 2021 has been Estonia, and Sweden will […]

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Central Zone Steering Committee – An Update

December 14, 2021

At the 2021 Dublin PPP Symposium, Sadhbh O’Dwyer from the Pesticides Registration and Control Division (PRCD) of the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine spoke about “Updates from the Central Zone”. Ireland is currently chairing the Central Zone Steering Committee (CZSC), and Sadhbh represents Ireland at their meetings. Sadhbh […]

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Patent Searching

December 7, 2021

At the 2021 Dublin Plant Protection Symposium, Dr Nigel Uttley of Enigma Marketing Research gave a presentation titled “Patent searching for generic agrochemical companies”. Patent data are essential for generic companies, so they can know when it’s possible to enter the market. As Dr Uttley noted, some 42 major commercial active […]

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Next Week: Dublin PPP Symposium

November 23, 2021

The virtual symposium with live presentations hosted by Kerona Scientific will be held next week Tuesday 30th November and Wednesday 1st December 2021 (09:00h to 12:00h GMT/10:00h-13:00h CET). The theme of the programme ‘Innovation in the EU Regulation of Plant Protection Products’ was chosen after taking into account feedback from last […]

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