New rules to accelerate the approval and authorisation of biological plant protection products – Microbials/Microorganisms

On 8th February 2022 the SCOPAFF written procedure for voting the four regulations on microorganims was officially closed and the new data requirements for microbials was released to the final approval stages in European Parliament. Read online on the European Commission website what the EU Member states have approved new rules to accelerate the approval […]

IBMA Global, IBMA France, IEEP joint event

As it was well shown in the IEEP Report published last june Exploring the benefits of biocontrol for sustainable agriculture biocontrol has an essential role to reach the EU Green Deal and F2F objectives. In order to enable the use of biocontrol for the farmers and for them to be as soon as possible in the farmers’ toolbox, our solutions need […]

IBMA Position on potential harmonisation of regulation of Invertebrates Biological Control Agents in the European Union

Read it here Executive Summary Following the discussion on harmonisation of approaches proposed by the EU council in 2021 The International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) wishes to put forward the position that it fully supports a harmonised approach to procedures with regards to use and release of Invertebrate Biocontrol Agents (IBCA’s) in the EU.  IBCA’s […]

European Commission Consultation: Microbials Data Requirements Consultation- IBMA answer

IBMA’s response to the consultation can be found online with all the documents attached to the introductory text below. IBMA thanks the EU Commission and experts for their work to revise the microbial data requirements (DRs). In particular, we apprreciate that the weight of evidence approach can replace the systematic use of animal studies to […]

Microbial bioprotectants for plant disease management – Special offer for this book

Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing are delighted to announce the publication of their exciting new title, Microbial bioprotectants for plant disease management, edited by Dr Jürgen Köhl, Wageningen University & Research, and Dr Willem J. Ravensberg, Koppert Biological Systems and former IBMA President. The book provides a comprehensive coverage of the recent advances in the development […]

IBMA Position on Revisions to the Directive for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (SUD)

IBMA supports the goal of the SUD of achieving the sustainable use of pesticides by promoting the use of integrated pest management (IPM), but to be effective, this must be through the mandatory full implementation of IPM. Read IBMA Position Paper extensive version here Bioprotection – biocontrol technologies – make a crucial contribution to the […]

EU Standing Committee PAFF took note of four GDs

Following the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed Section Phytopharmaceuticals – Legislation held on 25th-26th January 2021, four documents have been adopted, three of them have already been published -Draft update of Guidance on emergency authorisations according to Article 53 https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/plant/docs/pesticides_aas_guidance_wd_emergency_authorisations_article53_post-210301.pdf -Guidance document on zonal evaluation and mutual recognition under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 (SANCO/13169/2010 […]