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European Crop Protection Regulatory Conference – Brussels 11.03.2015


March 11th – Pre-Conference workshops


08:45-11:00 Pre-conference Workshop – Efficacy submissions in the EU


(Chairman – tbc)

08:45 Welcome by Chairman
08:55 Why haven’t we achieved efficacy harmonisation in the zonal process? – Peter Schlotter, Dow
09:15 Cooperation in the Southern zone – Laurent Thibault, ANSES
09:30 Submission quality and a view on cooperation in the Central zone – Jayne Wilder, CRD
09:45 Harmonisation in Northern zone or in the EU? – Per Kusk, Denmark (tbc)
10:00 Panel discussion
11:00 End of Efficacy workshop
11:00-12:00 Crop protection markets developments
11:10 The development of the crop protection market in Europe and beyond – John McDougall, PhillipsMcDougall
11:50 Question and answer session
12:00 Short break

March 11th – Main Conference

12:20-13:15 Opening session


(Chairman – Hans Mattaar)

12:20 Welcome by Chairman
12:30 Introductory comments by ECPA – Jean-Charles Bocquet, ECPA Director General
12:45 Keynote speech – Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food (tbc)
13:15 Lunch
14:15-18:15 Session 1: Major legislative challenges for the crop protection industry
14:15 ECPA view on the implementation and the adaptation of Regulation 1107/2009 – Martyn Griffiths, Bayer
14:40 Reviewing the implementation of Regulation 1107/2009 – Wolfgang Reinert, DG SANCO
15:05 A Member State view on the review and future amendment of the pesticide legislation – Maarten Trybou, Belgium
1530 US and international developments on endocrine disruptors policy: do opportunities for cooperation exist –EPA (tbc)
16:00 Panel discussion
16:20 Coffee break
16:50 EFSA’s role in the evaluation of active substances – José Tarazona, EFSA (tbc)
17:10 Experiences with the AIR-2 evaluation and decision making – Herbert Köpp, BVL, Germany
17:30 Experiences in the AIR-3 evaluation process – Léa Riffaut,ANSES, France
17:50 Decision making for AIR active substances – Jeroen Meeussen, DG SANCO
18:10 Panel discussion
18:30 Close; Drinks
19:00-20:00 Political discussion session
19:00 Introduction
19:05 What role for chemical crop protection in the 2020s: Keynote speech: Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau (tbc)
19:30 Discussion with panellists


  • Guy Smith, Farmer & NFU Vice President (UK) (tbc)
  • Jean-Charles Bocquet, ECPA
  • Marco Contiero, Greenpeace (tbc)
  • MEP (tbc)
19:45 Questions and answers with the floor
20:00 Close
20:00 Conference Dinner

March 12th – Main Conference

08:45-12:30 Session 2: Product authorisation issues
08:45 Introduction by the chair
08:55 The zonal e xperience of the crop protection industry – Kerry Gamble, Syngenta
09:20 Feedback from the PAIG group and the three zones:


  • PAIG – Darren Flynn
  • North – Nina Sorup Hansen, Denmark (tbc)
  • Central – Gabor Tokes, Hungary
  • South – Miriam Cavaco, Portugal (tbc)
10:15 Panel discussion
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Implementation of CLP & GHS for PPPs – Are we ready?– Phil Todd, Syngenta
11:20 Feedback from Efficacy workshop – Lessons learnt and future challenges – ECPA or authority (tbc)
11:40 Regulator’s expectation in Implementation of comparative assessment – Jayne Wilder, CRD
12:00 What have we learnt from zonal? How can notifiers and authorities improve the implementation of the zonal system? – Christian Prohaska, AGES
12:20 Panel discussion
12:30 Lunch
13:30-16:30 Session 3: Dealing with EFSA guidance
13:30 Overview of EFSA’s work on opinions and guidance – Luc Mohimont, EFSA (tbc)
13:55 Commission’s role in managing the development and implementation of guidance documents – Karin Nienstedt, DG SANCO
14:20 Developing scientific guidance documents – Do we need to re-think the current system? – Pavel Minar, Czech Republic
1445 Industry experience – Martin Schaefer, BASF
15:00 Update on current scientific guidance documents:


  • Operator exposure – current status and industry experience – Alistair Morriss, Dow
  • Cumulative risk assessment – Manuela Tiramani, EFSA (tbc)
  • Industry experiences with environmental guidance documents – Peter Campbell, Syngenta
16:00 Panel discussion
16:20 Conference conclusions
16:30 Close