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Brazil Anvisa blames slow agchem approvals on IP rights

Intellectual property protection holds back the registration of pesticides, the Brazilian national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, claims. It compares the approval system for generic pesticides with that for new products with the former accelerating in recent years. The FAO-compliant equivalence pesticide system initially launched in 2002, but only came into effective force following the issue of Decree 5,981 in late 2006 and has since led to faster approvals ( Agrow No 553, p 17). The agency was responding to industry concerns over a slow registration process during a workshop on pesticide registrations and IP rules it held earlier this month involving industry and regulators.

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