EU Commission reports on Harmonised Risk Indicators (HRI)

Date: 8 September 2020

Based on the EU Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides, Regulation 1185/2009 concerning statistics on pesticides established the basis for collection of data on pesticide use as well as for implementation of Harmonised Risk Indicators in EU. Due to the lack of progress in this regard on Member State Level, on 15 May 2019 Commission Directive (EU) 2019/782 was adopted, establishing harmonised risk indicators to estimate the trends in risk from pesticide use (for detailed information please refer to SCC Newsletter Vol. 18, No. 6 of December 2018). Subsequently EU Commission launched their Webpage on Trends in Harmonised Risk Indicators for EU and Member States to make the respective results public.

Public consultation on Organic Farming Action Plan launched
EU Commission proposes postponement of entry into force of the new organic legislation by one year

Date: 8 September 2020

Organic farming is a very dynamic, rapidly growing and changing sector whereat the EU is the second largest consumer of organic food in the world with annual retail sales of more than EUR 37 billion and an increase of more than 65% over the last 10 years. To adapt the respective legislation to these rapid changes, a new Regulation (Regulation 2018/848 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007) was developed which was due to enter into force from 1 January 2021 onwards. 

UK Government has published new guidelines on UK REACH

Date: 4 September 2020

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.
The UK government has published new guidance on how to comply with REACH chemical regulations from 1 January 2021.

Please contact our experts to learn more about the impact of the new UK regulatory regime on your products and how we can help you.

Data requirements for biopesticides in EU: problems and needs

Date: 26 August 2020

In the article recently published in Agrow’s Biologicals 2020, SCC’s regulatory experts Dr Lars Huber and Dr Carla Lorenz together with Dr Hermann Strasser, Senior Scientist from Leopold-Franzes University Innsbruck, provide a critical analysis of the data requirements for biopesticides in the EU. The authors share detailed insight into the current EU biopesticides regulation examining recent changes and current problems that need to be solved. To read further, download the full article.

Grandfathering – all you should know about legal entity transfers

Date: 25 August 2020

Chemicals legislation in the UK after the end of the transition period (31st December 2020) is subject to the ongoing EU-UK trade negotiations, and the precise details are still being decided. In case there will be no agreement between the EU and UK on how to handle chemicals and access to the ECHA or EU REACH, a “No Deal” scenario, the so called UK REACH, will be implemented.

Under UK REACH, existing EU REACH registrations held by UK-based companies (including registrations held by an existing OR) will be automatically ‘transferred’ and become UK registrations, so called "grandfathering".

According to the UK Health Safety Executive (HSE), to be "grandfathered" into UK REACH, a UK company should have a EU registration granted at some point from the date the UK indicated its intention to leave the EU. The company would not necessarily have to be the registration holder on the day the UK officially left the EU (31st January 2020) or at the end of the transition period. This means, UK companies could transfer their registrations to other EU companies before the end of the transition period, and still see their EU registrations grandfathered into UK REACH.

SCC establishes a presence in UK

Date: 20 August 2020

SCC has recently founded SCC Scientific Consulting Company UK Ltd, which is an important milestone ensuring the continuity of our regulatory support on the UK market.

SCC UK will initially be dedicated to providing Only Representative services under the UK REACH regime. However, we see this is a great opportunity and a significant contribution to develop our services for our customers across the world.

Please contact our experts if you want to know more about the impact of new UK regulatory regime on your products and how we can help you.

Opportunities or challenges? – Recent changes in EU registration policy of biorationals

Date: 24 July 2020

Dr Lars Huber, Head of Biorationals, Fertilisers and IPM, talks in his interview with AgroPages, published in 2020 Biologicals Special, about the regulatory consulting business and recent changes in the EU biopesticide and fertiliser registration policies. He refers to future chances and existing hurdles in the way of EU-harmonised regulation.
Read the interview with Lars or follow the link to download the full supplement 2020 Biological Special.

KKDIK pre-registration in Turkey ends 31 Dec. 2020! Do not miss it!

Date: 22 July 2020

The KKDIK regulation (Turkey REACH) came into effect in December 2017. As a first step, all substances manufactured or imported into Turkey with a volume ≥ 1 ton per year (on their own, in mixtures, or in articles) have to be pre-registered by the end of 2020.

After a 2.5 years pre-registration period, more than 18,000 substances have already been pre-registered by more than 850 companies. How about you?