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Disparate views on cut-off criteria in the EU

How many active ingredients will be lost if the EU authorities’ proposed hazard-based cut-off criteria are introduced with the planned revision of the EU agrochemical registration Directive (91/414)? While Diane Castle of the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) argues that the planned cut-off criteria threaten to sweep the majority of products from the market, with few options left to farmers, Vibke Bernson of the Swedish Chemicals Agency maintains that they promise to introduce positive changes to the industry. They projected starkly contrasting scenarios for the European agrochemical industry at the 15th Registration of Agrochemicals in Europe conference on May 13th-14th in Brussels, Belgium.


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