Update on the Sustainable Use Regulation from Jennifer Lewis, Executive Director

Dear Member,We are experiencing turbulent times in Brussels and around Europe. Farmers are protesting in record numbers and policymakers are reacting. In a shock moment, Ursula von der Leyen proposed to withdraw the Sustainable Use Regulation (SUR). We expect the College of Commissioners to accept this. IBMA is now urging the Commission to work on a […]

MEP Tolleret Asks Commission Question on Biocontrol

MEP Irène Tolleret, Renew, and other cross-party MEPS, sent a written question to the European Commission on the subject of Biological Pest Control in February 2024. The European Commission is obliged to respond to written questions. Question for written answer to the Commission Following the European Parliament’s rejection of the draft regulation on the sustainable […]

How the Strategic Dialogue can equip farmers with biocontrol for resilient and globally competitive agriculture.

The Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture has been launched to address issues such as “a fair standard of living for farmers and rural communities” and “support agriculture within the boundaries of our planet and its ecosystems.”   Farmers are the backbone of the rural economy and must be placed at the forefront of the […]

Looking back on 2023 and forward to 2024 – Message from Jennifer Lewis, IBMA Executive Director

Dear Members, As 2023 comes to a close, I would like to recap on what the year brought us, the challenges we faced and the successes that will pave the way for 2024.   The recently concluded COP 28 discussions issued a declaration on sustainable agriculture, resilient food systems and climate action, in which 158 heads […]

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 […]