Summary of the issue
The crop protection industry is continually developing new and innovative products that deliver a range of benefits. These products must pass the official EU pesticide and biopesticide approval process which is primarily designed to safeguard human health and the environment.
Why it’s important
A fundamental principle lies behind the EU pesticide and biopesticide legislation: it is more important to protect human health, wildlife and the environment than to improve agricultural productivity. Today, before product approval is granted, more than 150 specific tests must be completed. Researching, developing and bringing a new product to market can take up to nine years and typically costs more than €200 million.
To further the safe and sustainable use of pesticides, ECPA supports several stewardship initiatives during the 'pre-market' phase of the product life-cycle. These industry-targeted stewardship activities primarily aim to guide and streamline standards including the submission of product dossiers and the proper labelling of products. Disover more at the 'Stewardship' section of this website.
Approving a pesticide and a biopesticide for useVIEW
Agrochemical Research and Development - 2014 costs and expectations for 2019VIEW
Registering plant protection products in the EU (Report)VIEW
ECPA position on the future revision of Regulations 1107/2009 and 396/2005VIEW
ECPA position on the Classification of Plant Protection ProductsVIEW
ECPA position on StereoisomersVIEW
ECPA position on alignment of PPP authorisation under 1107/2009 with MRLs under Regulation 396/2005VIEW