CRD issues new efficacy guideline for UK pests in cereals and maize

Date: 5 June 2019

CRD Efficacy is developing a series of crop specific guidelines, including information on agronomy, relevant UK pests and how to support UK authorisations and label claims. In this context CRD has revised the Efficacy guidelines 405 (Data Requirements for oilseed rape and Brassica Pests, Diseases and Weed) and 406 (Data Requirements for Turf Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticides and plant Growth Regulators) and issued a new guideline: “Efficy Guideline 407: UK Pests of Cereals and Maize, including number of fully supportive trials required to demonstrate effectiveness”.  Whereas in the revised guidelines the reclassification of some pests concerning their importance (major and minor) is of most interest, the new guidance for cereals and maize provides useful additional information for applicants of plant protection products in the UK. It is very useful that in the new guidance documents the pest species now are also presented with their EPPO codes and scientific names.

If you need assistance when planning trial programs for conventional products or biopesticides in the UK, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., head of the efficacy group at SCC.

New efficacy working document summarising UK major pests, diseases and weeds

Date: 5 June 2019

The first version of the working document “CRD Efficacy Working Document Summarising UK Major ‘Pests’ (Diseases, Pests and Weeds) on a Range of UK Crops“ provides a summary of the range of ‘major’ UK insect pests, diseases, slugs and weeds for the following crops: sugar beet, onion and leek, carrot, grassland, pea, field bean, strawberry, apple and pear. It also gives some indication of the required number of fully supportive effectiveness trials (whereas crop safety is not specifically addressed). This working document is part of a series of crop specific guidance under development, or already available to be used in trial planning, providing reasoned cases for the relevance of data in supporting UK uses and drafting appropriate UK labels.

If you need assistance when planning trial programs for conventional products or biopesticides in the UK, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., head of the efficacy group at SCC.

New CRD Efficacy Crop Guide: Potato

Date: 5 June 2019

The new guide on the “Interpretation of efficacy data requirements for the authorisation of a plant protection product in potato (SOLTU) in the UK” helps applicants in interpreting current efficacy data requirements and relevant EPPO standards. It also provides information on UK agronomy, relevant UK targets and trial numbers, if seeking for a UK-only authorisation of outdoor applied products in potato. Post-harvest treatments are not covered.
The document contains UK specific details on potato production, such as information concerning planting and harvesting timings and crop rotation. Furthermore, it provides valuable information regarding the potato market, planted areas and varieties in the UK. Very useful is also the detailed description of major and minor UK pests (insects, nematodes, slugs), diseases and weeds, the number of required trials and extrapolation principles.

If you need assistance when planning trial programs for conventional products or biopesticides in the UK, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., head of the efficacy group at SCC.

Circular Economy - EU Parliament approves new fertiliser regulation

Date: 28 March 2019

Yesterday the European Parliament adopted the new regulation laying down rules on the making available on the market of EU fertilising products and amending Regulations 1069/2009 and No 1107/2009 and repealing the existing EU fertiliser Regulation 2003/2003 with 582 to 38 votes (7 abstentions).

The new Regulation is an integral part of EU's Circular Economy Package, establishing EU-wide quality, safety and environmental criteria for EU fertilisers whereat not only inorganic fertilisers will be covered by this Regulation, but also organic fertilisers, soil improvers, liming materials and growing media, inhibitors as well as biostimulants.
The new Regulation will apply three years after entry into force. Considering the procedure following-up the vote by Parliament, the new Regulation most likely will apply from 2022 onwards.

For more information on the Regulation, please refer to the various articles on fertilisers and biostimulants in SCC’s news archive 2018.

Dr Lars Huber, Head of Biorationals, Fertiliser, IPM


CAC 2019 – China’s International Agrochemical & Crop Protection Exhibition in Shanghai

Date: 5-7 March 2019

On 5 March the new Shanghai International Expo Center opened its doors to the CAC trade show, world largest one-stop platform for global agrochemical business performers.
Alongside the exhibition, CAC 2019 offers a wide-ranging conference programme providing updates on latest developments in the global pesticide & fertilizer industry, exploring newest trends in seed treatment & bio-control technologies as well as focusing on regulatory challenges faced by the global crop protection industry today.
Dr Hans-Josef Leusch, SCC’s senior regulatory expert and director of strategic business development, is attending CAC 2019 and speaking at the 2nd CROs & CRAOs Expertise Sharing Conference in Global Agrochemical Industry on Microbial Biocontrol Agents in the EU: regulations, procedures and chances.

 Please visit SCC at booth N3A28, which we are sharing with our partner BIOREG. Hans-Josef looks forward to meeting you.
 
CAC 2019 CRO Conference Leusch