Brazil bill seeks single agchem approvals body
A Brazilian Senator has issued proposals to unify the pesticide registration authorities into a single body to consider the approval of active ingredients and products. Senator Ruben Figueiro of the centrist PSDB Party presented private members' bill PLS 209/2013 on May 29th to bring together agronomic, environmental and human toxicology assessments under one competent authority. Three authorities carry out the assessments in Brazil: the Ministry of Agriculture, the environmental agency, the Ibama, and the national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa. The justification offered is to speed up the approval process allowing the introduction of newer pesticides onto the Brazilian market. The industry has lobbied for such a move, citing the swifter registration process in neighbouring Argentina with its single authority (Agrow passim).