Bioprotection technologies provide effective and innovative plant protection for modern agriculture. This makes them a vital tool in the EU’s work to support farmers and effectively implement the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD, Directive 128/2009/EC).
However, the current lack of a specialist bioprotection regulatory body, legislation, procedure and data requirements means that the EU is not fully reaping the benefits of this rapidly growing, predominately SME-based, industry.
IBMA therefore propose that by the end of 2020 the EU establishes a bioprotection-specific body that has developed and implemented a short and precise timeline for the evaluation process, with evidence-based procedures and tailored data requirements. Riskbased evaluations should be conducted using high-level scientific expertise and in close communication with applicants. In parallel an interim arrangement in Reg. 1107/2009 to protect the viability of biological plant protection product producers until the new Regulation comes into force must be enacted. This new approach would benefit human health, the environment, biodiversity and the bio-based circular economy and, therefore, society as a whole.
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