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China Implemented New Fertilizer Marking Standard Starting from May 1
From May 1, 2021, China began to carry out a new national standard of fertilizer markings “GB 178382-2021 Fertilizer Marking—Presentation and declaration”. The mandatory standard applies to both homemade and imported fertilizers circulated in China, playing an effective role in protecting farmer’s interests and promoting legitimate businesses.
Overview of the Minor-use Pesticides Registration in China
Minor use pesticides are crop protection products targeting value specialty crops with small acreage, as well as controlling minor pests on major crops. Due to the low financial incentive for agrochemical companies to register their products alone, the lack of available pesticides led to illegal uses and crop loss in China until the regulatory reform. In 2017, China MoARA issued the ministry regulation, “Administrative Measures for the Registration of Pesticides”, constituting a characteristic mechanism consists of cost-sharing among multiple applicants, and an extrapolation scheme to use residue and efficacy data from crop groups, as well as the fast-track process introduced last year. In this article, we will introduce the scope, extrapolation, field trial and application procedures for minor-use pesticide registration. Dynamic Scope and Crop Grouping MoARA adopts constant readjustment to the pesticide, crop, and pests for minor uses and 3 lists were issued to help applicants to determine the scope: List of Minor Crops with Low Availability of Crop Protection Solution; List of Crop Groups for Extrapolated Use of Residue Data; List of Crop Groups for Extrapolated Use of Efficacy Data; The “List of Crop Grouping for Extrapolated Use of Residue Data” consists of crop group/sub-group, specific crops, and representative crops of the group. If the applicant completed the residue test of the representative crop and 1 or 2 specific crops with the same GAP (Good Agriculture Practice) condition, the data can be extrapolated to support the whole group. The number and test sites and selection of their locations shall conform to Annex 6 and Annex 9 of the “MoARA Announcement 2569- Data Requirements on Pesticide Registration” and the extrapolated use of residue data is inapplicable to post-harvest solutions. The “List of Crop Grouping for Extrapolated Use of Efficacy Data” specifies the representative crop/
South Korea Released Criteria for Efficacy Verification of Covid-19 Disinfectants
On May 4, 2021, the South Korean National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) released the verification criteria for covid-19 related disinfecting effect, offering test method and criteria for the recognition and approval of consumer-use covid-19 sterilant/ disinfectant that has not yet included in the Covid-19 disinfection guidelines previously issued by the Ministry of Environment.
US EPA Ceased Expediting Process for Surface Disinfectants
On April 28, 2021, the US EPA announced the suspension of expediting review of surface-use disinfectants, which the recent information from CDC that the risk of being infected with COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces is considered low.
China MoARA Designates 4 Labs for Pesticide Registration
On April 27, 2021, China MoARA issued Announcement 422 to designate 2 efficacy labs, 1 residue lab and 1 chemical lab for pesticide registration.
Philippine Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority to Take over Veterinary Biocide Registration
On April 22, 2021, the Philippine Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) issued the Memorandum Circular regarding the registration of veterinary-use biocides previously registered with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) that subject to be transferred to FPA.
Understanding China’s Upcoming Labeling Regulation on Disinfection Products (GB38598-2020)
On November 11, 2020, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the State Standardization Administration jointly issued the mandatory national standard” GB38598-2020 General Requirement for Label and Instruction Book of Disinfection Products”, expected to take effect on December 1, 2021. This standard will apply not only to disinfectants, disinfecting apparatus, disinfection indicators and antibacterial/bacteriostatic agents that fall under the pre-marketing safety and efficacy evaluation and record-filing process, but also other daily necessities such as contact lenses solutions, wet wipes, hygienic wet wipes, sanitary napkins(pad), diapers, cotton swab/ball, tissues, household paper (excluding toilet paper) and papery tableware. The drafter and responsible authority, the National Health Commission (NHC) revealed that the standard is the first hygiene standard to passed the deliberation stage by over 140 WTO members. GB38598-2020 is expected to play an important role in reducing trade barriers and ensuring correct and safe uses of disinfection products by both healthcare professionals and general consumers. Significance and Coverage All disinfection-related regulations were developed under the national law “Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases” and the ministerial regulation “Administration Measures for Disinfection”. In late 2005, MoH (former NHC) issued a lower level ministerial regulation, “Management Specification for Label and Instruction Book of Disinfection Products” (the “ministerial labeling regulation”), but it gradually become disconnected from the industrial and market changing conditions, especially the decentralized reform of 2013. Now, the arrival of GB38598-2020 has elevated the legal priority of labeling regulations and costs of mishandling: the breach of a national mandatory standard can now be fined up to 50,000 RMB. Not all products with
China MoARA to Enhance Regulation on Imported Biostimulants Derived from Marine Wastes
On April 14th and 15th 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs concluded the 5th session of the 9th Review Committee of Fertilizer Registration. The participants voted to approve 113 fertilizers and agreed to standardize the market entry procedures of secondary-element WSFs (Water-soluble fertilizers containing calcium and magnesium) and strengthen the review process of imported organic WSFs(also known as biostimulants) derived from marine food wastes.
Brazilian Biological Control Market Expected to Increase 33% in 2021
On April 19, CropLife Brazil estimated that sales of biopesticide in Brazil are expected to grow 33% to R$ 1.789 billion in 2021 and R$ 3.699 billion by 2030, based on data collected by Consultancy Blink.
China’s Pesticide Qualification Rate Increased by 7.6% in 2020
On April 16, 2021, China MoARA released the ministerial inspection results of pesticide quality in 2003. The overall qualification rate was 96.2%, an increase of 7.6% from the previous year of 88.6%. 40% of the substandard pesticides were fake products containing no registered active ingredient or containing unregistered active ingredients.
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