Update on Sustainable Use Regulation (SUR) as of 04/12/2023

Following the positive ENVI vote on 24 October, the negative vote on the SUR in the European Parliament on 22 November came as a surprise. The European Parliament SUR text contained both the definition of biocontrol and various fast track procedures for biocontrol. How did this happen? In the meantime, despite the European Parliament rejection, the […]

EU Parliament rejects SUR opportunity to provide farmers with biocontrol alternatives to secure food production 

A majority of the European Parliament rejected the Sustainable Use Regulation (SUR) on November 22, 2023. IBMA regrets the loss of an opportunity that had the potential to accelerate access to innovative nature-based solutions. (Brussels, 23 November 2023) Until now, the SUR was the only piece of EU legislation on the table that would have […]

Do you need assistance convincing your minister to support SUR? Our template letter can help you!

Following the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) vote in favour of MEP Sarah Wiener’s report on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products Regulation (SUR), we need to continue mobilizing support for the SUR. We have designed a template letter to help you build on momentum and ask Member […]

Spearheading Innovative-Nature-based Solutions to Ensure Food Security: Biocontrol Industry Meeting Attracts More Than 1800 Delegates in Basel

The Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) 2023 welcomed over 1800 participants from 58 countries highlighting the essential role biocontrol plays in providing better solutions for plant protection and securing the future of food and farming. Organised by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IBMA (International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association) in Basel, Switzerland, the 18th […]

Bernard Blum Award 2023 Gold Winner is PEA-02® by DCM

We have Bernard Blum Award 2023 Winners! The best biocontrol product of the year is PEA-02® by DCM. The awardees have been announced at ABIM 2023 where Owen Jones, Chair of the Bernard Blum Award judging panel and Jennifer Lewis, Executive Director of IBMA, have presented the 2023 Bernard Blum Award short list success stories and the winning entry presentation. […]

The future is Biocontrol! One step closer to SUR. Innovations honoured with Bernard Blum Award 

(Brussels/Basel, 24 October 2023) The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted in favour of MEP Sarah Wiener’s report on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products Regulation (SUR) with 47 in favour, 37 against and 2 abstentions. This vote is crucial as it is a key step towards achieving […]

Appointment of IBMA Regulatory Adviser

We are delighted to announce that Jeroen Meeussen joins IBMA as Regulatory Adviser. Jeroen Meeussen is a plant pathologist by training and has a long history in crop protection and regulatory affairs. Jeroen worked for more than 20 years at the Board for the authorisation of plant protection products and biocides (Ctgb) in the Netherlands. […]

Appointment of IBMA Communications Manager

We are delighted to welcome, Niamh Holland-Essoh to IBMA as our new Communications Manager. For the past decade, Niamh led the communications team at IFOAM – Organics International where she was responsible for raising awareness of the solutions sustainable agriculture can bring to global challenges such as biodiversity loss, soil degradation and rural development. To […]

News from IBMA España: 21st century technology with 19th century bureaucracy

(read the Spanish version) From IBMA Espana, we want to reflect on the recent informal meeting of European Union Agriculture Ministers that took place in Córdoba on September 4th and 5th. The crucial role of new technologies in agriculture was discussed at the meeting, especially with regard to adaptation to climate change and global food […]