A more science-based, pragmatic and faster approach to approving pesticides and regulating their use in the UK post Brexit was high on the wish list of many attending the British Crop Production Congress.
The Chemicals Regulation Directorate, responsible for regulating pesticides at UK level, held a workshop where it asked delegates to put forward their priorities for the future of plant protection products.
Suggestions included using a risk- rather than hazard- based system of approval; speed and predictability of the regulatory authority as well as the ability to engage with it; a science-based approach; and regulation independent from EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), seen as being inefficient and ambiguous about its data requirements when evaluating pesticides.
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The uncertainty over glyphosate renewal was one of the reasons many farmers voted to leave the EU, believes NFU senior plant health adviser Emma Hamer. “It was an attack on GM and big multinationals. What sort of system can allow the system to be politicised? It is one of the reasons why farmers voted out.”
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