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Brazil agchem chief seeks registration revamp

A Brazilian agrochemical industry leader has called for a radical overhaul of the country’s pesticide registration system. Bayer CropScience’s Peter Ahlgrimm believes there are deficiencies in human resources, transparency and regulations to enable approval bodies’ work. “There is an enormous lack of human resources and finance within the system,” he told Agroanalysis magazine. “The US has a similar-sized market to that of Brazil and counts on four times the staff as Brazil,” the Andef board director said. Mr Ahlgrimm also says that despite the Ministry of Agriculture being the competent authority for the approval of pesticides, the Ministries of the Environment and Health each possess “practically the same power”. He calls for investment in IT to “allow for higher visibility and enhanced transparency”. Mr Ahlgrimm made the comments within a context of increasing international harmonisation of studies, in which “EU and North American authorities allow large involvement of scientists”.

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