European Parliament adopts new regulation on Europe’s organic agriculture

Date: 24 April 2018

On April 19th European Parliament has adopted the new legislation on EU organic farming rules thus repealing Regulation 834/2007. The new regulation, initiated in 2014, was adopted with 466 votes against 124.

As the organic farming sector has hugely grown in the last years, organic managed farms covering 6.7 % of Europe’s agricultural area (2016, EU-28), the new Regulation tries to adapt the regulatory framework for organic farming to these new circumstances and establish the basis for the further growth of this farming sector.

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Commission publishes new rules on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain

Date: 24 April 2018

In April, Commission published its proposal for a new regulation to improve the transparency and sustainability of EU risk assessments for plant protection products, GMOs (cultivation, food/feed uses), feed additives, food contact materials, food additives, food enzymes and flavourings, novel foods and smoke flavourings (COM(2018) 179 final). The new Regulation is a follow-up of the fitness check of the General Food Law Regulation (Regulation 178/2002), initiated in 2014, and the Commission's reply to the European Citizens Initiative ‘Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides’.

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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. _______________________________________________________________

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.

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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.

You might be also interested in further articles, recently published by our expert:
New EU fertiliser regulation
Low risk substances: New EPPO guidance

Dr Lars Huber, Head of Biostimulants, Fertiliser, IPM

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