About Regulatory Affairs at CropLife Asia
Regulation should meet the needs of society by providing access to key plant science technologies in a controlled manner. Regulation provides the opportunity to encourage innovation and enterprise whilst setting the standards for safety and sustainability. These should be established through pesticide regulation which:
- Ensures there are no unacceptable risks to human health and the environment from the intended use (s) under practical conditions
- Fosters responsible use and compliance throughout the food production chain
- Promotes investment in new solutions for agriculture and plant science
- Facilitates timely access to the technology
A comprehensive regulatory framework closely examines all phases of the pesticides product life-cycle. Safety is carefully considered at all stages of research and development and by regulatory bodies assessing the product in order to make a decision regarding what use(s) can be permitted. The decision should be supported by the appropriate checks to ensure quality control based on the standards for registration data and manufacture.
The regulatory framework also covers proper handling, transport and precautions during use; including labeling and the setting of allowable residue levels in food known as Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs).
It is essential that the regulatory framework is based on regulations grounded in science using an evidence-based approach to understand the results of using a product, i.e. it characterizes the product and its proposed uses and makes informed decision based on full information and evidence.
Likewise, the biotech sector is one of the most carefully regulated industries in the world. Biotech products also must meet an exhaustive series of regulatory requirements to ensure environmental and human safety before they are released onto the market.
Sound regulation and proper stewardship are essential to ensure the responsible and sustainable use of biotechnology. CropLife Asia supports a global, innovation-friendly regulatory environment – one that is predictable, transparent and guided by good science. Science-based regulation is the most effective way to ensure farmers have the choice of the best available technologies to help them meet their own agricultural needs in a sustainable way.
CropLife Asia works with various institutions and governments to ensure the introduction of transparent, workable standards based on sound science and risk assessments that are harmonized where possible. Unfortunately, the regulation of plant biotechnology is currently far from harmonized. Different regions have quite different approaches and do not recognize the validity of other countries’ approvals. Such differences do nothing to protect consumers or the environment, but instead create unnecessary barriers to innovation and trade.