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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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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 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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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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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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Dr Sharon McGuinness selected as ECHA’s new Executive Director

August 10, 2022

In June 2022, the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) selected Dr Sharon McGuinness as Executive Director. Dr Sharon McGuinness, an Irish national, is the CEO of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in Ireland since 2018. Dr McGuinness was one of the candidates preselected by the European Commission […]

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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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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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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 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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Dublin Plant Protection Symposium

The virtual symposium with live presentations hosted by Kerona Scientific will be held  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 year’s attendees […]

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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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Regulation 2021 383 (unacceptable co-formulants)

May 20, 2021

A list of co-formulants that are banned in plant protection products (PPPs) and adjuvants has been published in an amendment to the PPP Regulation (Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009). Co-formulants are considered unacceptable in PPP if either their residues or their use will have a harmful effect on human […]

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Update of SANCO guidance document on zonal evaluations (SANCO/13169/2010)

April 19, 2021

A major update to the SANCO guidance document on zonal evaluation, mutual recognition, withdrawal and amendment of authorisations under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 (SANCO/13169/2010 Rev. 11) was published on 25 January 2021. This guidance document was last updated in 2010 and the latest version is a major revision which applies to […]

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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 PPP SYMPOSIUM – SESSION 5: ZONAL AUTHORISATION IN THE SOUTHERN ZONE

March 1, 2021

On December 1st – 2nd 2020, Kerona Scientific held their first PPP symposium dealing with key regulatory aspects relevant to the registration of products and active substances under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. Most of the first day of the symposium was focused on the zonal authorisation processes in the three different […]

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PPP Regulation in Great Britain and Northern Ireland after the Brexit transition period

December 23, 2020

Kerona Scientific held a very successful Plant Protection Symposium on 1-2 December 2020, with a range of speakers represented from UK and EU Ministries, Consultancies and Industry.   Darren Flynn of the UK CRD (HSE) presented an update from the UK with respect to changes in . Darren noted that the […]

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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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Agri Business Global Trade Summit (21-25 September).

September 17, 2020

Kerona Scientific are delighted to announce our participation in this year’s Agri Business Global Trade Summit (21-25 September). The Trade Summit online business platform will allow us to connect with you during Advance Week (14-20 September) and during Continued Engagement (21 September – 23 October). If you would like to arrange […]

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Plant pest story maps from EFSA

August 4, 2020

EFSA is making its plant pest survey cards available in an easy-to-use, interactive format. The cards are designed to help EU Member States to plan their annual surveys of quarantine pests to current international standards. They contain vital information such as the pest’s host range, distribution, biology and risk factors, as […]

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Bee risk assessments under the new EFSA guidance for cereal crops

May 25, 2020

The traditional risk assessment for Plant Protection Products (PPP) in the EU focused only on the acute effects on honey bees. A new EFSA guidance has been developed, which covers more risk scenarios, and also considers bumble bees and solitary bees. Dr Neus Rodriguez- Sanchez, of Kerona Scientific,  presented a poster […]

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