EU extends initial approvals for three new ais
The European Commission has permitted EU member states to extend existing provisional approvals for three new active ingredients by up to two years. The three ais are: BASF's herbicide, topramezone, Dow AgroSciences' fumigant, sulfuryl fluoride; and the UK Central Science Laboratory’s (CSL) viral control agent, zucchini yellow mosaic virus – weak strain. Provisional approvals initially last for three years. The extension was cleared by the EU regulatory committee earlier this year to allow more time for the EU registration process for the new ais to be completed ( Agrow No 562, p 9). BASF first submitted its application for EU approval to France, as rapporteur member state, in 2003. Dow and the CSL submitted their applications to the UK in 2002 and 2005, respectively.