China to Issue New Pesticide Regulation by December 2012

Late last month in Nanjing, Sui Pengfei, director of ICAMA (Institute for the control of Agrochemicals, Ministry of Agriculture) revealed in an industrial conference that China to issue new regulation for pesticide and the legal text will be promulgated by December 2012 the latest.

Late last month in Nanjing, Sui Pengfei, director of the ICAMA (Institute for the control of Agrochemicals, Ministry of Agriculture) revealed in an industrial conference that China to issue new regulation for pesticide and the legal text will be promulgated by December 2012 the latest.
 
The original “Regulation on the Control of Agricultural Chemicals”, which has been implemented for almost 15 years is not applicable for current circumstances as more and more HES concerns have been drawn by the public. In addition, the poor-innovative and low-efficient crop protection industry might further threaten China’s food supply and environment. Sui commented on some highlights about the new regulation.
  • The ICAMA registrants will no longer be limited to pesticide manufacturers. In the past, both the “manufacturing permit” and the ICAMA registration certification are required before pesticide entering the market. The manufacturing permit was issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) as a qualification certification for manufacturing companies, thus a non-manufacturing entity would not be able to obtain the ICAMA registration. However, most of the new products are invented by R&D centers in the universities and institutes other than pesticide companies, while the manufacturers are always reluctant to invest on new molecule findings. The loosening of manufacturing qualification for ICAMA applicant will promote innovation among the industry;
  •  ICAMA certification and registration data can be transferred between different entities. The China crop protection market is characterized by rapid extinctions of incompetent products and manufacturers, nevertheless, the registration procedure is always money and time consuming. The loosening tradability of the “intangible asset” is helpful for future shuffle and evolution among the pesticide companies;
  •  Licensing system will be imposed on pesticide distributors. The end market of china crop protection industry is congested with less enlightened users and profit-oriented retailors. Over 35,000 retailors dealing with adulterated pesticides need to be reduced and rectified. The licensing system will ensure sound traceability and recall system on problematic products;
  •  More severe punishment will be imposed on illegal companies. Many dishonest manufacturers have taken chances of counterfeits since the financial penalties in the original regulation have always been affordable for them. However, the forthcoming regulation additionally states that the new registration applications from the illegal companies might not be accepted by the issuing authorities in the following five years if they were caught of counterfeit and fraud activities;
Mr. Sui finally pointed out other unruly behavior prevailed in the market such as over-commitment by the end users, doping of covert and unregistered active ingredients, the abnormal ascent of imported products from the MNCs. He hoped that the new regulation and future implementation from the authorities would be helpful to relieve these problems.

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The story is  written with help of  Southern Rural Press, a Chinese agricultural media.

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