Spanish Parliament backs faster agchem approvals
The Spanish Parliament passed a motion this month calling for the registration approval system for crop protection products to be simplified and made swifter. The motion called on the government and the Ministry of the Environment, which also covers agriculture, to reduce complexities in the system. Among the demands were for the government to: issue a new decree to coincide with the entry into force of the EU agrochemical registration regulation (1107/2009) on June 14; to change those procedures that have proven inefficient; and reduce the time to obtain a pesticide product registration to a maximum of 12 months, rising to 18 months if additional information is required, in accordance with Regulation 1107/2009. Parliament advises: increasing staffing levels; employing the independent agricultural and environmental research institute, the INIA; adjusting registration application fees to fit actual costs, equating to the average within the EU; and paying staff and others required to carry out the evaluations. The Aepla, an industry group, welcomes the motion and says the Spanish pesticide registration system is the slowest in the EU.