ECHA’s news: Mastering challenging chemical risk assessments using Chesar

Date: 15 February 2018
Dr Thomas Roth, Head of Chemicals / REACH, Consumer Products, Cosmetics, Feed & Food Additives


Another warning notice to stakeholders issued by European Commission on 23 January 2018

Date: 25 January 2018
In this renewed warning, the EU Commission stated:

“Concerning submissions of new applications, business operators should take into account the expected timelines of different regulatory procedures in which the United Kingdom would be acting as, for example, rapporteur Member State, zonal rapporteur Member State or evaluating Member State for MRLs. Taking account of the aforementioned uncertainties as well as the regulatory framework, business operators should consider taking the relevant actions. For example, where there is a risk that those procedures are not concluded by the date when the United Kingdom will leave the Union, applicants may choose by preference another Member State to carry out the evaluation or assessment.

Concerning those on-going procedures for which the United Kingdom is currently carrying out an assessment or evaluation, business operators should carefully monitor their progress. Where there are clear indications that the procedure will not be concluded by the withdrawal date, taking account of the uncertainties as well as the regulatory framework, business operators should consider taking the necessary actions. For example, a change of rapporteur or evaluating Member State may be required.“ 


In addition to that warning message, EU Commission published a question and answer document on the Brexit. In this paper, important questions on, for example UK company locations and UK manufacturing sites are addressed.

Click here to find the full text of the European Commission notice and here for the related document.

You may also refer to the corresponding link:


EU Agrochemical regulation system under scrutiny at the Agchem Forum in Nice, September 2018

Date: Dezember 2017

"Growing pains of EU agchem regulatory regime" is the article on the Nice conference by Robert Bicket entitled. Quoting a number of participants from authorities and industry, he paints a vivid picture of the difficulties and controversies currently surrounding the regulatory regime  in the EU. SCC colleagues also participated actively in this lively discussion which detailed the prevailing complications and confusions. In a turn away from such controversies, the author then elaborated on the presentation given by SCC's Dr. Bernd Brielbeck on low risk substances. Of course the content of that presentation is already familiar to the readers of SCC’s Newsletter Vol. 17, No. 3, but here it can be re-visited from a refreshingly new and independent angle.


New Organic Farming regulation to be expected in 2021?

Date: 6 December 2017

The trilogue agreement for a new organic regulation of June 2017 was adopted by the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) on 20. November 2017 and by the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture (AGRI Committee) on 22.11.2017.
According to the European Commission a new organic regulation will enter into force on 1 January 2021 and “will apply to the live and unprocessed agricultural products, including seeds and other plant reproductive material and processed agricultural products used as food and feed. Processed products could be labelled as organic only if at least 95 % of the agricultural ingredients are organic”.
Organic farming is one of the most dynamic sectors of EU agriculture, currently growing at around 400.000 ha per year with a growth peak of 800.000 ha per year in the last two years.


Organic market had a mean yearly growth of 12.5 % in the last 10 years and is worth around €27 billion.
The new legislation shall provide a simpler and more harmonized approach. Commission states that the main improvement of the new regulation will be the introduction of one set of EU-wide rules covering the whole EU organic sector and is going to apply also to non-EU farmers who export their organic products to the EU market.
IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) EU acknowledged the huge effort made by the stakeholders to improve the text. However, IFOAM EU also showed some concerns as voting did not result in a strong majority in favour of the existing draft whereat Austria and Germany, two of the biggest players in the organic sector, did not endorse the text. Therefore, IFOAM called for a strong commitment by the EU Institutions and by the Member States to work together on further improvements on the legislative text.

New EU fertiliser regulation: “Dual use” for Plant Biostimulants and Plant Protection Products rejected by EU parliament

Date: 6 November 2017
On 23 to 26 October 2017, 404 amendments to the upcoming EU fertiliser regulation (“Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009) and thus the future on CE marked fertilizing products and biostimulants were debated in the European Parliament (see also SCC's “Current News” of 23 October 2017).


Dr Lars Huber, Head of Biostimulants, Fertiliser, IPM


Dynamic growth of the global biopesticides market

Date: 1 November 2017

In the interview with AgroPages, Dr Lars Huber reflects on increasing interest of major multinationals, general regulatory trends and recent market changes. To read more, please follow the link.

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