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 an EU agriculture entirely reliant on pesticides, and that the use of pesticides is essential to reach the EU’s goals on plant health, food safety and food security.
Ian highlighted the regulatory challenges that the EU has faced recently, including the General Food Law Transparency Regulation which set new costs for study notification, sanitisation and IUCLID, and delayed admissibility and unplanned publication of confidential data. Ian mentioned the high costs and increased uncertainty surrounding endocrine disruption testing, conservative decision-making by Member States and the EU Commission under pressure from NGOs and the media, as well as the introduction of new evaluation and risk assessment guidance documents.
Ian finished by outlining the new Green Deal policy changes in the EU, covering points such as the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, pesticide reduction targets, the Nature Restoration Regulation, food import restrictions, pesticide use Statistics and targets for organic agriculture.
If you missed the opportunity to attend the symposium, a copy of the slides is available from our website at the following link: https://kerona.ie/product/dublin-ppp-symposium-2022-speakers-presentations/
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