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2021-11-04
An Insight into China’s New Pesticide MRL Regulation (GB 2763-2021)
On September 3, 2021, China began enforcing its new pesticide MRL regulation, “GB 2763-2021”, consisting of 10092 MRLs for 564 pesticides in 13 main food categories. The transformation from GB 2763-2019 to GB 2763-2021 represents by far the greatest variance compare to previous updates since 2012m, as 81 pesticides and 2985 MRLs were newly added. Besides, 16 banned/ restricted pesticides have their MRLs developed/amended in line with the detecting limit covering all plant-derived food/prohibited crops, which brings greater influence on the food supply chain. By combining the ideas and comments from MoARA drafters and food quality inspectors, this paper tries to characterize the main features of GB 2763-2021 and offer practical advice to the food-related sectors. Broader Coverage but Highlighted Priorities Of all the 564 pesticides established with MRLs, 428 pesticides have been registered with MoARA, 49 pesticides have been banned or restricted and 87 pesticides have not yet been registered in China but widely used overseas, as well as other 44 low-risk pesticides exempted from MRL developing. the number of pesticides established with MRLs has already exceeded that of the CAC standard or the US regulation and approach to the EU regulation. 792 MRLs have been developed for 29 banned pesticides and 345 MRLs have been developed for 20 restricted pesticides. 16 pesticides have had MRL developed/revised down following the detecting limits referenced testing methods and universally applied on 12 categories of plant-derived food or prohibited crops. 1742 CAC MRLs for 87 unregistered pesticides have been evaluated and transformed into national MRLs in response to the increasing demand for imported food. Excess pesticide residue in vegetables and fruits has long been a worldwide puzzle for the low availability of residue data due to the poor profitability for agrochemical companies. Since the reform of pesticide
2021-09-29
China MoARA Clarifies the Jurisdiction Scope of Body-use Mosquito Repellents
On September 23, 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs released a positioning paper regarding the regulatory definition of body-use mosquito repellents, which were increasingly circulated on the market in different forms such as repelling patches, lotion, liquid, and wristbands containing botanical ingredients.
2021-09-29
South Korea Added 4 Low-risk Biocidal Substances
On September 27, 2021, the South Korea National Institute of Environmental Research released Announcement 64 of 2021 to update the list of low-risk biocidal substances and 4 substances were newly included, namely Glycerol, sodium hydrogen carbonate, calcium carbonate, and sodium chloride.
2021-09-25
China MoARA Designated 2 Labs Pesticide Registration
On September 22, 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs issued announcement 475 to announce the designation of 2 new testing institutes and expand the test scope of 2 existing labs, as well as amend administrative information of 5 existing labs.
2021-09-08
K-BPR: MoE Clarifies Submission Deadlines for 5 Types of Existing Active Substances
On September 6, 2021, the South Korean online chemical management system CHEMP disclosed the latest instruction from the Environmental Ministry, clarifying the formality deadline for 5 types of existing biocidal active substances which need to be approved by December 31, 2022, including disinfectants, algaecides, rodenticides, insecticides, and repellents.
2021-09-06
Nippon Soda’s Picarbutrazox and FMC’s Bixlozone Obtained Pesticide Registration in China
On September 3, 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs issued Announcement 468 to approve 26 new pesticides of 14 active ingredients first registered in China, including Nippon Soda’s Picarbutrazox fungicide, FMC’s Bixlozone, and a dozen biological pesticides developed by domestic companies.
2021-09-01
China MoARA Adds 2 Labs for Pesticide Registration
On August 30, 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs issued announcement 464 to designate 2 labs for pesticide registration and amend administrative information of 5 existing labs.
2021-08-24
South Korea Refined Use Purposes of Biocidal Products
On August 18, 2021, the South Korean National Environmental Research Institute (NIER) issued a guidance document regarding the definition and classification for the purpose and user scope of biocidal products.
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