Info Session on Applications – Pesticides – Technical Meeting with Stakeholders on “EFSA Guidance documents on protected crops and soil degradation rate

Parma , 17 June 2014

Time and place

17 June 2014 – 14:00-18:00
18 June 2014 – 09:00-13:00
EFSA premises, Parma, Italy

Introduction

EFSA’s APDESK Unit, in collaboration with the Pesticides Unit, is organising a technical meeting with stakeholders to present “EFSA Guidance documents on protected crops and soil degradation rate

Context

The Commission requested scientific and technical assistance from EFSA according to Article 31 of Regulation (EC) no 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council for development to prepare two separate document:

  1. EFSA Guidance Document on clustering and ranking of emissions of active substances of plant protection products and transformation products of these active substances from protected crops (greenhouses and crops grown under cover) to relevant environmental compartments.
  2. EFSA Guidance Document for evaluating laboratory and field dissipation studies to obtain DegT50 values of active substances of plant protection products and transformation products of these active substances in soil.

The two EFSA Guidance Documents on environmental fate and behaviour are prepared to support of risk assessment for evaluation of plant protection products according to Regulation (EC) no 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Objectives of the meeting

The overall aim of these meetings is to present and explain the content of the two new EFSA Guidance Documents mentioned above.

Potential topics to be discussed include:

  • Overview of legal framework;
  • General presentation of the two Guidance Documents;
  • Explanation of the described scientific approach and associated methodology;
  • Any other business.

Structure of the meeting

The technical meeting will be organised in a way that provides for an interactive exchange of views. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and to participate in the various discussions, following the scientific presentations. EFSA will issue a short report collecting and summarising the discussions of the event which will be published on EFSA webpage as well as the presentations given.

Who should attend?

The technical meeting is intended for all interested stakeholders in the field of pesticide regulation. Participation is limited to a maximum of 60 participants, including speakers and other experts already identified by EFSA. A further selection will ensure a sufficient representation of the various fields of expertise, as well as representation of Small and Medium Enterprises and geographical balance

On-line registrations

The registration form can be found at:
http://registerofquestions.efsa.europa.eu/roqFrontend/meetingsub/meetingid/13

Please note that registration may close once the maximum number of participants is reached or at the latest by 30 April 2014.

After closure of registration, potential participants will be informed whether or not they have been selected for participation.

Travel and accommodation

Selected participants will be asked to make their own travel arrangements at their own expense. Concerning accommodation, EFSA has made a block-booking for the night of 17 June 2014. Selected participants will be requested to make their own reservation when participation is confirmed. There is no fee for participation.

Dates and venue

The technical meeting will be held on 17 and 18 June 2014, starting on 17 June at (13:30 registration) 14:00 and ending on 18 June at 13:00. The event venue will be in EFSA, Via Carlo Magno 1A, Parma (Italy). Further details on the venue and logistics will be communicated to participants upon confirmation of selection.

Language

English is the official language of the EFSA technical meeting. No translation is provided.

Contact

Do not hesitate to contact Tom Meyvis and Gabrielle Kubanski (content matters) and Vanessa Descy (organisational matters) at:
EFSA_Technical_Meeting_Fate&Behaviour_2014@efsa.europa.eu
 - European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), via Carlo Magno, 1/a 43126 Parma, Italy

Background

The Applications Desk (APDESK) Unit was created in October 2011 as part of the reorganisation of EFSA, and is a horizontal unit within the Directorate for Scientific Evaluation of Regulated Products (REPRO). The mission of the newly created APDESK Unit is to act as a front office and support desk for applicants, Member States, stakeholders and other interested parties with respect to applications. The Unit serves both as a service desk for applicants, Member States and other stakeholders as well as supporting the work of the units in the REPRO Directorate by pooling together a number of functions and tasks, mainly of an administrative, communication, technical, scientific and procedural nature.

Documents

Draft Agenda (0.1 Mb)