CropLife Asia concludes successful workshop
on Pesticide Regulation Management
CropLife Asia recently concluded the toxicology workshop for the ASEAN Harmonization of Technical Guidelines for Pesticide Registration Management – implementation phase II at the New World Makati Hotel.
The event was facilitated by international experts on the field of toxicology, who discussed and evaluated the data collected and submitted to support pesticides registration and provided an avenue for stakeholders to discuss how this information can impact global best practices.
Li Zhaoqiang led the first session with the introduction of Phase II of ASEAN Pesticides Management Harmonization. The discussion revolved around the evaluation of human health & environment safety of pesticides. This presentation was supported by the second session of Salmaan Hussain which centered on the Regulatory Risk Assessment for humans and the environment.
Debabrata Kanungo further discussed scientific research on human health and its implication on pesticide registration, while Wolfgang Maasfeld and XinYue teamed up to expound on the Operator Exposure Risk Assessment aspect.
Salmaan Hussain and Vasant Patil also delved into emerging topics that may affect the bid for pesticide registration such as regulatory bodies, scientific research and a multi sectoral stakeholder initiative to pursue the measure.
For his part, Keith Solomon discussed lengthily the issues of environmental safety and environmental risk assessment, which is a key issue for regulation. Before ending the workshop, the speakers presented the draft formal report for submission to ASEAN Secretariat and ASWGC on Phase II implementation meeting, based on the summary highlights and recommendation sessions to ensure that the inputs provided by the stakeholders were included.
“We are happy to host this important event in the Philippines, and the fact that these international experts came all the way here to share their invaluable expertise with the participants is a big step in the right direction for all stakeholders who want to promote positive change in the agricultural sector. Education, after all, is key in crafting the best regulations and policies and we are fortunate to be part of this,” CropLife Philippines Executive Director Edilberto de Luna said.