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Malta has approved US specialty chemical company Eastman’s (Kingsport, Tennessee) micro-encapsulated nematicide, Cedroz (geraniol + thymol).
Bayer’s Crop Science division’s application to renew the EU approval of its genetically modified T45 oilseed rape has successfully completed a risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Greater clarity on procedures for notifying studies and claiming confidential treatment were among the compromises agreed in EU negotiations on proposals to increase public access to data submitted for EU approvals of agrochemicals and genetically modified crops.
The Argentinean government has rejected claims that the country was the source of traces of genetically modified herbicide tolerant GT73 oilseed rape seeds found in seeds sold under Bayer’s Dekalb brand in France and Germany.
EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis is to pass his responsibilities onto Jyrki Katainen, vice-president of the European Commission’s jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness project team, on April 1st.
The European Parliament has endorsed resolutions calling for proposed approvals of four genetically modified crop lines to be abandoned.
Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) for plant protection products were put into legislation in the EU as an intellectual property right that aims to offset the loss of patent protection that occurs due to the mandatory testing required to obtain regulatory marketing approval. Dr Nigel Uttley describes SPCs in detail.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has opened a public consultation on establishing groups of pesticides for the cumulative assessment of their effects on the thyroid.
The European Parliament has backed calls for stronger efforts to reduce pesticide use and remove hazardous active ingredients.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has advised the national government to introduce anti-dumping duties on herbicide imports from the EU into Russia.
A provisional agreement has been reached on proposals to increase public access to data submitted for EU approvals of agrochemicals and genetically modified crops.
Plans will come into force on February 28th to reallocate the reviews of a large number of biocides, including 43 non-crop pesticides, to new rapporteur member states when the UK leaves the EU on March 29th (Brexit day).
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