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Food and Feed Safety (15-06-2007)

Commission training workshop on plant protection products

The European Commission is organising a training workshop on plant protection products in Bratislava (Slovakia) from 18-22 June as part of DG Health and Consumer Protection's Better Training for Safer Food initiative. The workshop provides training for around 35 national authority officials involved in evaluation and registration ofplant protection products. Participants mainly come from EU Member States acceding in 2004 and 2007, and candidate countries.
According to EU regulations, active ingredients used in plant protection products in the European Union must not pose a threat to human health or the environment. Nor must they exceed established Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs). Substances which are authorised for use are listed in Annex I of Directive 91/414. New EU Member States must ensure that active substances included on this list prior to their accession and which are available on their markets are examined to ensure compliance.
The training course aims at improving participants understanding of the re-registration process for plant protection products. It should also provide them with administrative and technical skills enabling them to conduct re-registration in a manner compliant with EU legislation.
This is the first of two "Better Training for Safer Food" events dealing with plant protection products to be held during 2007. A follow-up meeting to discuss cases arising from the workshop and proposals for improving procedures is scheduled for 10-12 September 2007.
For more information about "Better Training for Safer Food", please visit:
http://ec.europa.eu/food/training/index_en.htm
For information on plant protection products, please visit:
http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/protection/index_en.htm