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Approval of biopesticides

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Food safety / Pesticides MRLs

Summary

On 1 September 2022, the EU published four regulations amending its approach to the approval of micro-organisms for use in plant protection products (PPPs). Four Regulations have been amended to establish criteria that are more appropriate to the evaluation of micro-organisms. These four interlinked Regulations change the criteria for approval of micro-organisms as active substances; amend the information to be submitted for approval of active substances and PPPs; and amend the principles for evaluation and authorisation of PPPs by Member States. The EU aims to simplify the risk assessment of micro-organisms and bring biopesticides more quickly to the EU market. This initiative supports the EU’s aim to reduce dependency on chemical PPPs, as set out in the Farm to Fork Strategy and Green Deal.