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09:00 10:00 (60 mins)

Main agenda

OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL: The politicisation of the decision-making process for agrochemical registration: what does it mean for the future of the Plant Protection Industry?

  • Understanding ECJ access to data and assessing the dossier’s vulnerability to political attack
  • Understanding the technicalities of co-decision and the role of European Parliament
  • Bentazone and European Parliament decisions on European Commission proposals
  • Examining the role of social media and populism
  • What lessons can be learned from the glyphosate issue?
  • Moving forward
  • Paul Leonard - Head of Innovation Technology Policy, BASF
  • Julie Girling - MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar, European Parliament
  • Alastair Leake, Ph.D. - Director of Policy & Parliamentary Affairs, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

10:00 10:30 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Intensive agriculture: good for business & the environment

  • Pressure on land and the environment from population growth will intensify
  • Farmers are a key part of the solution for increasing wildlife not just part of the problem
  • Research has shown that by pro-actively managing wildlife, farmland bird numbers can double
  • Crop protection and fertiliser inputs can be used to positively benefit wildlife
  • High yield farming and high levels of biodiversity can co-exist
  • Alastair Leake, Ph.D. - Director of Policy & Parliamentary Affairs, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

10:30 11:10 (40 mins)

Main agenda

Morning networking refreshments

11:05 11:10 (5 mins)

AgChem Forum: Regulatory Frameworks

Opening remarks from the chairperson

  • Mike Carroll - Global Regulatory Manager, Fungicides, Arysta LifeScience

11:05 11:10 (5 mins)

AgChem Forum: Environmental Safety

Opening remarks from the chairperson

  • Veronique Poulsen - Head of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate Unit, Regulated Products Directorate, ANSES

11:10 11:40 (30 mins)

AgChem Forum: Regulatory Frameworks

EFSA feedback: current developments and future plans

  • Dimitra Kardassi - Scientific Officer, Pesticides Unit, EFSA

11:10 11:40 (30 mins)

AgChem Forum: Environmental Safety

Guidance documents: Assessing challenges and opportunities

  • The wave: What has recently been published
  • What can we expect in 2018 and beyond?
  • To what extent are MS using guidance’s and opinions?
  • Could guidance’s be simplified and made more user friendly?
  • Long term planning -how can industry and MS plan to prepare what will be in the final guidance document? How much resource should be spent on this?
  • Patrick Kabouw - Global Ecotoxicology / Global Registration Manager, BASF

11:40 12:15 (35 mins)

AgChem Forum: Regulatory Frameworks

Development of Criteria for the Identification of EDCs

  • Outcome of the Berlin Workshop
  • Draft regulations proposed by the EU Commission
  • Glenn Lurman - Scientist, Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

11:40 12:10 (30 mins)

AgChem Forum: Environmental Safety

Aquatic guidance document – EFSA amendments – Member State feedback

  • Clarifying the scope
  • Key updates
  • Implications for industry and Member States
  • Experience with the EFSA guidance on tiered risk assessment for aquatic organisms in edge-of -field surface waters
  • Veronique Poulsen - Head of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate Unit, Regulated Products Directorate, ANSES

12:20 13:50 (90 mins)

Main agenda

Networking lunch

13:50 14:25 (35 mins)

AgChem Forum: Environmental Safety

E-FLOWS: The Edge-of-Field Waterbody Safety Assessment Facility – The First Fully Flow-through Field Scale Mesocosm

  • Higher Tier Study Guidance in the 2013 EFSA ‘Guidance on Tiered Risk Assessment for Plant Protection Products for Aquatic Organisms in Edge- of- Field Surface Waters’
  • Common problems arising and issues encountered to date in higher tier (mesocosm) aquatic studies
  • Delivering the Future; the design of a new field scale fully flow through aquatic mesocosm at the Centre for Applied Crop Science
  • Rachel Benstead - Senior Aquatic Ecotoxicologist, Fera Science Ltd.

13:50 14:20 (30 mins)

AgChem Forum: Regulatory Frameworks

Data protection and access to documents

  • Experiences and strategies for addressing data protection under 1107/2009
  • Examining the procedure at authorities to follow up data protection requests from third parties
  • Understanding the differences in Member State requirements
  • Claudio Mereu - Partner, EU Regulatory & Competition, Fieldfisher

14:20 14:50 (30 mins)

AgChem Forum: Regulatory Frameworks

Low Risk Substances

  • Regulatory and political framework
  • Handling of revised criteria
  • Guidance related to low risk
  • Industry experience and way ahead
  • Bernd Brielbeck - Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs, Agrochemicals and Biopesticides, SCC Scientific Consulting Company GmbH

14:20 14:55 (35 mins)

AgChem Forum: Environmental Safety

Update of the EFSA guidance document on birds and mammals – Industry view

  •  Industry experience with current EFSA Guidance Document
  • Update of GD: scope and timelines
  • Contribution of industry to the update of the GD
  • Industry data for the update of the GD
  • Sharing industry data with EFSA
  • Juan Pascual - Senior Ecotoxicologist, BASF

14:50 15:20 (30 mins)

AgChem Forum: Environmental Safety

Question & Answer session

14:50 15:20 (30 mins)

AgChem Forum: Regulatory Frameworks

A proposal to improve the protection of the environment and streamline the authorisation process.

  • The environmental risk assessment should contain fewer, robust and high-quality factors appropriate for the general protection goals and should be continuously improved by feed-back from environmental monitoring
  • Calibrated assessment factors for the first-tier risk assessment could considerably faster deliver the same results as today in terms of risk levels for authorised products.
  • A more holistic approach should be applied in the management of environmental risks of pesticides. Key elements to achieve this are: stakeholder engagement, improved environmental monitoring and coordination of work in different regulatory areas
  • Johan Axelman - Strategic Adviser, Authorisation and Guidance, Swedish Chemicals Agency

15:25 15:55 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Networking and afternoon tea

15:55 16:30 (35 mins)

AgChem Forum: Environmental Safety

Data requirements, bee testing and risk assessment of PPPs under EU Regulation No 1107/2009


  • Status of bee testing and risk assessment
  • Challenges with bee testing and risk assessment approaches
  • Needs for improvement
  • Axel Dinter - Global Regulatory Ecotoxicologist, Du Pont

15:55 16:25 (30 mins)

AgChem Forum: Regulatory Frameworks

Designing non-dietary human exposure studies to meet regulatory data requirements

  • Identifying when exposure data are needed
  • Which crops and GAP need to be covered
  • Regional and agronomic variations
  • Application techniques
  • Future trends in exposure risk assessment
  • Richard Glass - Team Leader, Exposure Assessment Team, Eurofins

16:25 16:45 (20 mins)

AgChem Forum: Regulatory Frameworks

Feedback from Czech Republic: 1107/2009 – an extension of the 5- year anniversary

  • Pavel Minar - Head of Plant Protection Products Section, State Phytosanitary Administration, Czech Republic

16:25 17:00 (35 mins)

AgChem Forum: Environmental Safety

An update on the future SETAC Soil organism and non- target arthropod workshop

  • Following on from the successful SETAC tripartite workshops on non- target plants it was decided to organise similar joint events for soil organisms and non- target arthropods 
  • A steering committee has been formed
  • This is a first opportunity to share more information and ideas with a wider audience
  • Mike Coulson - Senior Managing Scientist - Ecotoxicology, Exponent International Limited

16:45 17:15 (30 mins)

AgChem Forum: Regulatory Frameworks

DISCUSSION PANEL: 1107/2009 – an extension of the 5- year anniversary

  • Assessing the progress so far
  • Is 1107/2009 fit for purpose? What can we learn from 1107/2009 going forward?
  • Cut off criteria
  • Zonal harmonisation
  • Renewals of plant protection products under 1107/2009
  • Pavel Minar - Head of Plant Protection Products Section, State Phytosanitary Administration, Czech Republic
  • Johan Axelman - Strategic Adviser, Authorisation and Guidance, Swedish Chemicals Agency
  • Panos Theodoris, Ministry of Rural Development and Food, General Directorate of Sustainable Plant Produce, Directorate of Plant Produce Protection, Greece