Pesticides: Ecology vs. Productivity

Environmentalists in Costa Rica are opposed to the automatic authorization of the registration of active ingredients which have already been approved by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

With this measure, environmental groups are facing off against farmers, who for years have pushed for the registration process to be speeded up so that they can "... have new molecules to control pests and crop diseases, " along with agrochemical distributors who want to eliminate barriers to importing new products.

See regulation. reports that "...The complaints focus, in particular, around provision number 10 of that regulation, which allows for incorporation in a month of the active ingredients (not formulated products) which are undergoing the registration process. This process would be carried out, according to the proposal, by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), attached to the MAG without the direct participation of the Ministries of Health and Environment and Energy (MINAE), which must be consulted about such records. "

"... The other complaint is that the decree adds a new registration form, called 'by incorporation'. This means that if an active ingredient has already been registered in countries with rules at the level of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) it will be recognized by this process and allowed in Costa Rica."

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