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ECPA Annual Conference – Malta 15.11.2012

The ECPA Conference is being organised to discuss the challenges in the developing European regulatory framework as well as the opportunities that exist to further promote stewardship and sustainable agricultural methods at the European level.

For ECPA, this will be our opportunity to inform you of the progress made to promote wider stewardship initiatives at the European level. Twelve months after the “Hungry for Change” launch by ECPA, we will highlight the key developments and the further changes that we want to see to ensure the highest level of stewardship and the promotion of best practices. The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the views of our stakeholders are important elements in the change programme and we will highlight how we are adapting to those new challenges.

Regulation 1107/2009 will have been in place for nearly 18 months and valuable experience will have been gained in the implementation of the provisions of the Regulation. The zonal product evaluation system will in particular be a focus; progress is being made but many challenges remain and still need to be addressed to ensure a streamlined and efficient review programme.

Other provisions of the Regulation are still under discussion. The uncertainty on the future implementation of numerous provisions is a concern for both industry and regulators and the Conference will look at some of those issues, with a particular focus on the cut-off criteria and the implementation of the comparative assessment provisions.

The active substance evaluation programmes have also been affected by Regulation 1107/2009 and we will discuss the progress being made with active substances currently under evaluation, while also looking ahead at the future re-review programme for active substances.

To complete the Regulatory picture, the implementation of the residues legislative framework will also be discussed, looking at procedures currently in place and the improvements being considered to ensure better alignment between Regulation 396/2005 and Regulation 1107/2009.

View some photos from the event here

Session 1: Regulatory developments – Implementation of Regulation 1107/2009

  • Friedhelm Schmider, ECPA Director General – Introduction and welcome
  • Vincent Gros, BASF & ECPA President – The key issues for industry in regulation and stewardship
  • Michael Flüh, DG SANCO- Regulatory developments linked to Regulation 1107/2009
  • Herman Fontier, EFSA – Role of EFSA in guidance document development and active substance evaluations
  • Peter Korytar, DG Environment – Dealing with Endocrine disruption

Session 1 presentations (zip 2.29 Mb)

Session 2: Regulatory developments – Implementation of Regulation 1107/2009 part 2

  • Gordon Rennick, Ministry of Agriculture, Ireland – Defining and applying the cut-off criteria
  • Pavel Minár, SPA, Czech Republic – Implementation of comparative assessment provisions
  • Jean-Pierre Busnardo, DuPont – Industry view on developments in the Regulatory process

Session 2 presentations (zip 3.88 Mb)

Session 3: Progress and challenges in implementing the zonal system

  • Martin Schaefer, BASF – Industry view (and national requirements)
  • Darren Flynn, CRD, UK – Role of the Post Approval Issue Group
  • Christian Prohaska, AGES, Austria – View from Austria and the Central zone
  • José Luis Alonso Prados, INIA, Spain – View from Spain and the Southern zone
  • Vibeke Møller, DEPA, Denmark – View from Denmark and the Northern zone

Session 3 presentations (zip 1.8 Mb)

Session 4: Progress and challenges in implementing the zonal system part 2

  • Thierry Mercier, ANSES, France – French view (and national requirements)
  • Maarten Trybou, SPF, Belgium – Belgian view (and dealing with classification)
  • Gabor T?kés, Ministry of Rural Development, Hungary – Hungarian view (and dealing with efficacy)
  • Kostas Markakis, Ministry of Agriculture,Greece – The future: removing hurdles & increasing efficiency

Session 4 presentations (zip 2.92 Mb)

Session 5: Industry initiatives on sustainability and stewardship

  • Michael Flüh, DG SANCO – The sustainable use of pesticides – The balance between legislation and voluntary measures
  • Jon Parr, Syngenta, ECPA Vice President – Development and further implementation of industry sustainability initiatives
  • Lawrence King, Bayer – Water
  • David Carpintero, Monsanto – Biodiversity
  • David Stuart, Dow – Health
  • Birgitt Walz-Tylla, Bayer – Food
  • Tom McHale, DuPont – Counterfeit: Industry initiatives to reduce illegal trade in Europe

Session 5 presentations (zip 2.55 Mb)

Session 6: Industry initiatives on sustainability and stewardship part 2

  • Hans Friederich, International Union for Conservation of Nature and ECPA advisory board member – Meeting stakeholders needs
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Freier, JKI Germany – Sustainable Use Directive – Implementing the IPM provisions in Germany
  • David Cary, IBMA – Combining biocontrol and chemical solutions in IPM programme
  • Pekka Pesonen, COPA COGECA – Crop protection, sustainable agriculture and the CAP

Session 6 presentations (zip 5.44 Mb)

Session 7: Residue setting and the implementation of Regulation 396/2005

  • Francesca Arena, DG SANCO – Forthcoming challenges in EU MRL setting
  • Peter Watson, Dow – Industry view
  • Herman Fontier, EFSA – EFSA view
  • Karsten Hohgardt, BVL, Germany – Member State view

Session 7 presentations (zip 2.86 Mb)

Session 8: Active substance evaluation programmes

  • Francesca Arena, DG SANCO – The AIR-3 programme
  • Martyn Griffiths, Bayer – Industry view on AIR-3 and product renewal after AS re-approval

Session 8 presentations (zip. 0.6 Mb)