British Crop Production Council welcomes EPPO crop guidelines

The British Crop Production Council (BCPC) has welcomed guidelines for the comparative assessment of crop protection products introduced by the European Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO).

The EPPO proposals, which aim to encourage the substitution of existing products with "safer" alternatives, take into account factors including cost, efficacy, safety on a range of pest problems, sustainability of integrated pest management systems, resistance risk and availability for minor uses.

The BCPC said the guidelines were especially relevant to the minority and specialist crop sectors and the Chemicals Regulation Directorate should adopt them in a bid to retain existing products.


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