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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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ADBAC Approved as a Biocide for PT2 in the EU

January 24, 2024

We are pleased to announce that Alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC/BKC (C12-C16)) has been approved as an active substance for use in biocidal products of product-type 2 (disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals) in the European Union. The approval was published in the Official […]

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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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Extension of the BPR Review Programme

January 10, 2024

At the 100th meeting of the Biocide competent authorities (CA) in June 2023, it was decided to extend the extension of the review programme under the BPR (Regulation No. 528/2012) until December 31, 2030. Subsequent meetings in September and December 2023 discussed proposed actions for member states (MS) to ensure 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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European Commission Releases “One Substance, One Assessment” Chemicals Assessment Reform

December 13, 2023

Last week, the European Commission adopted three legislative proposals under the ‘one substance, one assessment’ concept (1S1A), a key deliverable of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, where significant tasks will be reallocated between four EU agencies, notably to ensure coherent and transparent assessments of chemicals used in products, including medical devices, […]

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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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FPR Symposium 28th September 2023 (virtual event)

August 29, 2023

Kerona Scientific is delighted to announce our upcoming virtual Fertiliser Symposium on the 28th of September. We hope that you can join us for this exciting opportunity to hear from regulatory experts in the European fertiliser industry. Experience with CE Marking of Plant Biostimulants under the FPR, Dr. Ildikó Varga and Júlia […]

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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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The New EFSA Bee Guidance

August 9, 2023

On the 13th of June 2023, Kerona attended the online information session on the new EFSA Bee Guidance. The guidance incorporates many new criteria to have an exhaustive analysis of the potential effects of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) on bees and other non-target arthropods. It will enter into force in the […]

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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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ECHA updates on New Hazard Classes for Substances and Mixtures

May 17, 2023

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has recently updated its guidelines on the classification, labelling, and packaging of substances and mixtures, introducing new hazard classes to provide more accurate and detailed information on potential risks. This update specifically aims to address endocrine disruptors and persistent, bioaccumulative and mobile substances. The introduction of […]

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New version of MACRO higher tier drainflow (HTDF) modelling for pesticide registration in GB and Northern Ireland

May 9, 2023

When you apply for registration of a pesticide in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, you need to submit an assessment of surface water exposure via drainflow. If you cannot show an acceptable risk using lower tier methods, you will need to submit a higher tier drainflow exposure assessment. The HSE HTDF […]

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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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Unacceptable Co-Formulants – PPP

March 28, 2023

On the 13th of March 2023, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/574 was published setting out detailed rules for the identification of unacceptable co-formulants in plant protection products (PPPs) in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and Council. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/574 lays down detailed rules and […]

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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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Procedures for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products in France

March 6, 2023

Kerona Scientific held their third PPP Symposium dealing with key regulatory aspects relevant to the registration of products and active substances under the Plant Protection Products Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009. The second day of the symposium included presentations on CLH processes for active substances, plant biostimulants and fertilisers, and updates from […]

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BPR Vademecum 8th Ed. 2023

February 27, 2023

Welcome to the 8th edition of the BPR Vademecum on the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) (EU) No 528/2012. Our intention in publishing this Vademecum is to provide you with a handy reference guide on all aspects of the Regulation. The Vademecum begins with a user guide that includes an overview of […]

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Italian Authorization Procedures for Plant Protection Products

February 22, 2023

At Kerona Scientific’s virtual Plant Protection Symposium in November 2022, Dra Elisabetta Garatti from Expedia MRCC Srl, spoke about the procedures in the authorization process of Plant Protection Products (PPP) in Italy. After a quick review of the European System of Zonal Authorization, Elisabetta explained the Italian authorization procedures. Article 75 […]

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Latest Developments in Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment for PPPs for Birds and Mammals in Europe

February 14, 2023

The EFSA guidance document on risk assessment for birds and mammals published in 2009 will soon be replaced by a new version. In November 2021, EFSA closed the public consultation on the new guidance, which will likely have similar principles to the 2009 version, but with more detailed, improved and generally […]

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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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International Crop-Science Conference & Exhibition

January 19, 2023

Dr Irene McGrath and Greg O’Brien from Kerona Scientific are looking forward to attending ICSCE in Dubai on the 15th and 16th of February 2023. Please get in touch at info@kerona.ie to arrange a meeting in Dubai if you are around.

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Introducing FPR Webinars

January 12, 2023

Kerona Scientific has been delivering tailored training courses for many years and we are delighted to expand our range with the launch of two new Fertiliser Webinars. Webinar 1 – Overview of the FPR Tuesday 7th February 2023, 10.00h-11.00h GMT (80,-€) This webinar will cover the history of fertilisers regulation in the […]

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Update on Plant Protection Products Registration in Great Britain

January 10, 2023

At the 2022 Plant Protection Symposium, Darren Flynn of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) presented an overview of the registration of PPPs in GB. Darren provided an overview of the structure of the key players in PPP Regulation in GB, the interplay between the HSE, the Chemicals Regulation Division […]

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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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Unauthorised co-formulants: Regulatory Deadline 24th March 2023

December 1, 2022

On 3rd March 2021, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2021/383 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 listing co-formulants which are not accepted for inclusion in plant protection products. It lists the co-formulants which are banned in the composition of plant protection products and adjuvants. The Regulation entered into […]

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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 Scientific is expanding

November 3, 2022

Kerona Scientific is delighted to announce that Shannon White has joined our team in the UK. Shannon has a Masters in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia. She is an experienced regulatory affairs specialist having worked in a UK consultancy on REACH regulatory activities, project management and literature reviews. Shannon […]

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Kerona Scientific is expanding in Spain

October 19, 2022

Kerona Scientific is delighted to welcome two new expert members to our growing EU regulatory team, based in our Spanish office. Luis Guillermo Fresco Dorrio Luis is an environmentalist toxicologist with a degree in Environmental Sciences from Universidad de Vigo, Ourense, a Master’s degree in water treatment and purification management and […]

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European Commission consultation on amending CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 to introduce new hazard classes

October 4, 2022

The European Commission has opened a consultation period to gather feedback on the draft act to amend the CLP Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008) – see Hazardous chemicals – updated rules on classification, labelling and packaging (europa.eu) The purpose of the new draft act is to bring the CLP Regulation into line […]

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Environmental Risk Assessment for Bees

September 26, 2022

A new EFSA draft guidance document for environmental risk assessment for bees is open now for public consultation until October 3rd 2022. When accessing the available documents, you will notice that, as for other non-target organisms, the complexity of regulatory guidelines is increasing. The document has more than 100 pages and […]

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Participation in the course: Ecological Risk Assessment of Plant Protection Products – Current status and future developments

September 20, 2022

From September 5th to 9th, the Kerona team attended the course on Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) of Plant Protection Products: Current Situation and Future Developments, held at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra in Portugal. The course covered aspects related to ecological risk assessment of non-target organisms, […]

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Union Authorisation

September 7, 2022

Earlier this year, ECHA has announced that several applications for Union Authorisation (UA) have been submitted without a prior pre-submission consultation, a legal requirement according to BPR Annex III, point 2. Prospective applicants for UA application should submit a pre-submission application through R4BP (UP-APP), at the latest 6 months before the […]

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Biocides Webinar Series starting in September

August 31, 2022

Kerona Scientific has been delivering tailored training courses for many years and we are delighted to start our new series of Biocides Webinars. A detailed content description for each webinar can be found here. An Overview of the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012 €80.00 Tuesday 13th September 2022 at 10:00h-11:00h GMT Data […]

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Notified Bodies under Fertiliser Regulation (EU) No 2019/1009

August 25, 2022

The new Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR) (Regulation (EU) 2019/1009) entered into force in July 2022, repealing the Fertiliser Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003. The scope of the new FPR regulation has been extended to include biostimulants, organic fertilisers, organo-mineral fertilisers, and growing media, and harmonises EU requirements related to quality, safety, and […]

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The Kerona Team is expanding

June 30, 2022

We are delighted to announce that Dovydas Vilcinskas has joined the Kerona Scientific team. Dovy has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science from Dublin City University. He is fluent in both Lithuanian, and English and also speaks Russian. Prior to joining Kerona, Dovy worked with a specialist healthcare packaging […]

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GB Article 95 List for Biocides

June 21, 2022

Biocidal active substance and product suppliers included on the EU Article 95 List under the BPR (EU) No. 528/2012 at the end of the EU exit transition period on 31 December 2020 were automatically added to the GB Article 95 List. However, if you wish to remain on the GB Article […]

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Launch of the European research and innovation PARC programme to improve chemical risk assessment

June 14, 2022

Two weeks ago, the European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC) was launched. The aim is to develop a next-generation chemical risk assessment, incorporating both human health and the environment in a “One Health” approach. It will support the the European Union’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and the European Green […]

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EU Fertilising Products

June 8, 2022

The Kerona team recently attended the event entitled ‘EU Fertilising Products – How to CE mark your products’, held by ‘The Grow F2 Fertilisers Team’ of the European Commission. The workshop featured the presentation of several experts in the area and gave an overview of the new requirements for the approval […]

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Hidden Biocides in Cleaning Products

May 24, 2022

The European Commission received a request by Denmark on July 2nd, 2020 on whether a product containing 2.4% Alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC/BKC (C12-C16), marketed in Denmark by the manufacturer as a long-acting cleaning agent, is a biocidal product as defined in Article 3(1), point (a), of Regulation (EU) No […]

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The Kerona Team is Expanding

May 11, 2022

We are delighted to announce that three new team members have joined the Kerona Scientific team in Ireland and in Spain. Lisa Gleichmann and Oisin Kearns have joined the team in Dublin. Lisa has a BAgrSc in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin and a Masters degree (MAgrSc) also from UCD. […]

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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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Endocrine Disruption for PPPs – FREE Webinar

April 12, 2022

Catherine Alhaddad, Senior Regulatory Consultant at Kerona Scientific, presented a webinar organised by CHCS (Chemical Hazards Communication Society) about the regulation of endocrine disruptors in the European Union (EU). Catherine spoke about practical implications for stakeholders in the EU dealing with substances and products that need to undergo assessment for potential […]

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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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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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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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The Kerona team is expanding

January 20, 2022

We are delighted to announce that Eimear Deery has joined the Kerona Scientific team in Ireland. Eimear joined Kerona after graduating from University College Dublin with a BSc in Agri-Environmental Sciences. At Kerona, Eimear prepares product dossiers and risk assessments for biocides and plant protection products, from national biocide applications under […]

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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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BVL Applicants’ Conference 2021

January 13, 2022

In November 2021, Kerona Scientific attended the Applicants’ Conference 2021 organized by the German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) and received first-hand information about the latest developments in the field of plant protection product approval in Germany. Since 2017, the BVL has been undergoing a reorganization, which […]

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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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The Kerona team is expanding

November 3, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Amanda Araujo de França has joined the Kerona Scientific team in Ireland. Amanda has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from University of Paraná in Brazil and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from University of Viçosa in Brazil. She is currently completing her PhD dissertation […]

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Upcoming PPP Training Webinars

October 27, 2021

Kerona has been delivering training courses for many years, ranging from webinars and workshops to bespoke training delivered either remotely or in person. Our courses are tailored to the biocides and plant protection industries, with a series of modules designed to provide an overview of the regulatory environment. This week we […]

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Upcoming ACE (AgroChemEx) in Shanghai 11th to 13th October and FREE webinar 21st October 2021

September 28, 2021

Due to the difficulties with international travel during the global pandemic Kerona Scientific will not be able to attend the ACE in Shanghai in person this year. We would like to meet with you to discuss your regulatory needs for product registrations in Europe and we are offering to meet you […]

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Kerona Scientific expands in Spain

September 1, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Diego López Arias is joining the Kerona Scientific team based in Spain. Diego joins Kerona having worked for 3 years as a risk assessor and regulatory toxicologist with Tragsatec where he worked closely with the Spanish Ministry for Health and European authorities such as EFSA […]

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Status of zonal authorisations in the Central Zone

March 18, 2021

At the virtual Dublin Plant Protection Symposium held on 1-2 December 2020, Dr. Katja Bidovec, Head of the Plant Protection Products Sector at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food in Slovenia, presented the status of zonal authorisations in the Central Zone. Dr. Bidovec opened her presentation by describing the plans […]

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Kerona’s BPR Vademecum: 5th edition for 2021

February 22, 2021

The 5th Edition of our acclaimed BPR Vademecum is now available to purchase in print and digital versions. The BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation, No. 528/2012) is the regulatory framework concerning the making available on the market and the use of biocidal products in the EU. Kerona’s BPR Vademecum contains a User […]

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Poisons Centre Notification (PCN)

February 12, 2021

New Obligations for Biocides Registrations in Ireland for hazardous products from 1st January 2021 From 1st January 2021 poison centre notifications for mixtures for consumer use or professional use must be submitted to the ECHA submission portal. The Poisons Centre Notification (PCN) format and tools, along with Q&A’s are available on […]

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Dublin Biocide Symposium – Tuesday 23rd – Wednesday 24th March 2021. Early bird discount now available.

January 28, 2021

The PRCD in Ireland organised a very successful Industry Symposium on Biocidal Products in March 2020.  Following on from this Symposium, Kerona Scientific Ltd. is delighted to announce that this year we will be organising a virtual Dublin Biocide Symposium on Tuesday 23rd – Wednesday 24th March 2021 with contributions from […]

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Biocide Training Webinars February-March 2021

January 14, 2021

Kerona has been delivering training courses for many years, ranging from webinars and workshops to bespoke training delivered either remotely or in person. Our courses are tailored to the biocides and plant protection industries, with a series of modules designed to provide an overview of the regulatory environment.   We are […]

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CLP Desktop Companion – 2nd edition

November 17, 2020

The updated 2nd edition of Kerona Scientific’s CLP Desktop Companion is now available. This 160-page booklet is designed to be a handy reference to the key aspects of the CLP Regulation, (EC) No 1272/2008. The published Regulation, which addresses the classification, labelling and packaging requirements for chemical mixtures, runs to an unwieldy […]

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Comparative assessment for plant protection products

September 21, 2020

If an active substance contained in a plant protection product has been designated a Candidate for Substitution, a “comparative assessment” will be required for product authorisation. The European Commission has created a list of Candidates for Substitution – active substances that are approved under the plant protection products regulation (Regulation (EC) […]

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Biocide training webinars

March 19, 2020

May 19, 2020 Kerona has been delivering training courses for many years, ranging from webinars and workshops to bespoke training delivered either remotely or in person. Our courses are tailored to the biocides and plant protection industries, with a series of modules designed to provide an overview of the regulatory environment. […]

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Kerona’s BPR Vademecum: 4th edition for 2020

February 12, 2020

The 4th Edition of our acclaimed BPR Vademecum is now available in print and digital versions. The BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation, No. 528/2012) is the regulatory framework concerning the making available on the market and the use of biocidal products in the EU. Kerona’s BPR Vademecum contains a User Guide that […]

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