New Publication: Crop protection products – illegal unless authorised
The article has now been also published in English in Plant Health by Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij by dr. ir. Tonnie Engels (see our TEAM page for more information). Summary
As the name suggests, crop protection
products are agents used to control and
prevent pests, diseases and weeds in
crops. A crop protection product contains
one or more active substances, the compounds
responsible for the product’s action against
harmful organisms. It also contains adjuvants
and additives to ensure stability, safe and efficient
application and effectiveness.
However, getting a crop protection product to
market involves a lot more than simply launching
it and selling it. No crop protection products are
legal until they are authorised. So how does that
work? Crop protection products and their active
substances undergo rigorous assessment for their
safety for humans, animals and the environment.
This is done in two steps...