Plant protection products; application for testing for approval
The Bavarian State Institute for Agriculture can carry out tests of plant protection products for their efficacy and crop compatibility in accordance with Section 59 of the Plant Protection Act.
In Germany, as in other EU countries, only approved plant protection products may be marketed. Therefore, plant protection product manufacturers must have new or reformulated plant protection products that have not yet been approved tested. It must be ensured that plant protection products are sufficiently effective when used as intended and in the correct manner and do not have any unacceptable effects on the plants and plant products to be protected. These tests are part of the approval.
At the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture, the efficacy and compatibility tests are carried out in accordance with Good Experimental Practice (GEP) by the working group for "Official Means Testing".
The test equipment requires instructions for use and a safety data sheet in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006.
The test facility must be certified according to "GEP". Among other things, a test supervisor must be permanently present, sufficiently qualified staff must be employed, the equipment available must be identifiable and standard operating procedures must be in place. The trials are carried out in accordance with the relevant "EPPO Guideline" (European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization), which precisely prescribes the layout and evaluation of the respective trial.
The plant protection product trial must be applied for at the Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft.
If a company wishes to register a trial, the crop in which the trial is to be carried out must be named and the pests (indication) listed in detail. The company specifies the test substances to be tested, their respective application rates and the number and timing of applications. Test substances are only tested if a safety data sheet or instructions for use for the agent provides information on proper application and the necessary user protection.
An inquiry as to whether the trial can be carried out with the desired test elements is answered within four weeks.
Results on the effect of the plant protection products used can be expected within a few months to a year, depending on the question and the type of crop.
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