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Title Position paper CropLife Europe position on the Sustainable Food Systems initiative
Topics Green Deal
Type Position Paper
Date 16 Jul 2022

• The sustainability of food products should be analysed based on their overall contribution to the environmental, social, and economic pillars of sustainability. To avoid undermining the EU’s sustainability goals, any assessment should be evidence-based and equally applying to all production models without distinction.
• Food safety and food sustainability are conceptually different things. Their assessment should remain separate, in order to avoid unnecessary confusion and further increasing the burden and unpredictability of the EU decision-making process for stakeholders and authorities.
• We encourage the EC to prioritise multilateral agreements to address global sustainability issues. Unilaterally imposed sustainability requirements for imported goods may be unfair and discriminatory, and create unnecessary trade frictions with partners.

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Title Joint letter Response to the EC statements on: “Green Deal: pioneering proposals to restore Europe’s nature by 2050 and halve pesticide use by 2030”
Topics Approval of pesticides and biopesticides
Type Letter
Date 12 Jul 2022

While we support the Green Deal ambition to tackle environmental challenges, we firmly believe that using multilateral fora, not non-tariff barriers, is the correct way to achieve this. We are concerned that the evolving EU policy on Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) is likely to contradict EU law and international rules. This may create trade disruptions, legal disputes and reciprocal market access measures from other countries. If this were to happen, it could have a negative impact on both EU imports of agricultural goods and exports of higher value-added foods and drinks, agricultural development around the world and consumer choice (and prices).

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Title CropLife Europe input for SCOPAFF meeting 14-15 July 2022
Topics Approval of pesticides and biopesticides
Type Letter
Date 12 Jul 2022

CropLife Europe input for SCOPAFF meeting 14-15 July 2022
• CropLife Europe conference 2023
• Guidance documents
• Biopesticides
• Co-formulants – implementation of Annex III
• Transparency Regulation implementation issues
• Key legislative proposals affecting future availability of Plant Protection Products

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Title CropLife Europe Position on the Proposed Sustainable Use of Pesticides Regulation (SUR)
Topics Sustainable Use Directive
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Date 08 Jul 2022

CropLife Europe believes the promotion of innovation will be the key driver for achieving the objectives of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Regulation and for the necessary transformation of European agriculture toward sustainability.

Pesticide reduction targets at EU and national levels need to consider the availability of alternatives and address individual country-specific agricultural environments to transition to a more sustainable European food system.

Alongside promotion of IPM and best practices for sustainability, the European agricultural sector needs a policy framework conveying a clear plan for delivering innovative technologies across the full spectrum of available solutions and increases the uptake of digital and precision tools and biopesticides.

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Title Paper: A new conceptional model for deriving average dermal absorption estimates from studies with multiple tested concentrations for non‐dietary risk assessment of pesticides
Topics Human Health
Type Paper
Date 08 Jul 2022

Authors: Felix M. Kluxen · Edgars Felkers · Steve McEuen · Philip Fisher · Christian Strupp · Christine Lorez · Jeanne Y. Domoradzki · Christiane Wiemann

Dermal absorption values are used to translate external dermal exposure into potential systemic exposure for non-dietary risk assessment of pesticides. In Europe, one risk assessment assumption is that dermal absorption, expressed as percentage penetration of the applied dose, increases with dilution. While this can be sometimes observed in in vitro dermal absorption studies, it is conflicting with basic toxicological assumptions, namely, that risk is driven by dose, and physiological properties of dermal absorption as described by Fick’s laws. Further, exposure models usually consider dose and not concentration, and other exposure scenarios, for example, exposure to dried residues, are not appropriately modelled by the default study designs.

One key observation of the current project was that applied dose and absolute amount absorbed seem to better characterize dermal absorption properties than concentrations and relative amount penetrated. This allows the derivation of an average relative dermal absorption value from dermal absorption studies conducted with multiple concentrations. Thus, exposure calculations can be tremendously simplified as potential systemic exposure depends only on exposure dose and not assumed and hypothetical exposure concentration.

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Title Unlocking the potential of Biopesticides
Topics Approval of pesticides and biopesticides
Type Infographic
Date 30 May 2022

If the regulatory framework was better implemented and strengthened with appropriate regulatory guidance, the EU could become a market more suitable for the development of biopesticides.
Indeed, the EU Farm to Fork Strategy seeks to accelerate a paradigm shift for sustainable food production and consumption in the European Union and beyond.

And with nature as a starting point, we have more opportunities to develop crop protection products that have a much greater potential to be sustainable.

We need to remember, though, that while offering many benefits, biopesticides are not a one-to-one replacement for conventional pesticides. Together these solutions play an important role in building a bigger, more robust toolbox for farmers through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices.

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Title Pesticides Use and Food Safety Brochure
Topics Approval of pesticides and biopesticides
Type Infographic
Date 13 May 2022

Just like medicines, pesticides are subject to regulations. Farmers must comply with Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), following the basic principle of using pesticides as little as possible and only when necessary.

The use of pesticides is authorised only after an independent expert risk assessment has checked that any residues remaining after correct use of the product will not lead to any consumer concern nor harm the environment.

The potential residues on a harvested crop are regulated by a Maximum Residue Level (MRL) which is set based on data and As Low As Reasonably Achievable; the ALARA principle.

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Title An OECD TG 428 study ring trial with 14C-Caffeine demonstrating repeatability and robustness of the dermal absorption in vitro method
Topics Approval of pesticides and biopesticides, Human Health
Type Publication
Date 13 May 2022

CropLife Europe is constantly engaged in providing scientific input for improving methodologies to assess pesticidal products. In an interlaboratory ring-trial organized by us in collaboration with academia and conducting laboratories. This effort demonstrates the robustness and reproducibility of the in vitro methodology for dermal absorption and supports the applicability of animal-free test methods.

 

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Title The GM Import authorisation process in the EU: Guidelines… and realities
Topics Plant biotechnology
Type Infographic
Date 10 May 2022

Genetically modified (GM) food and feed products can only be authorised in the EU if they have undergone a rigorous risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which evaluates their impact on human and animal health, and environmental safety.

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Title How the safety of GM crops is ensured
Topics Plant biotechnology
Type Infographic
Date 10 May 2022

GM food and feed products can only be authorised in the EU if they have undergone a rigorous safety assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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