A new paper on the regulation of microbial bio control agents has been published. The results show, similar to GMOs, approval takes time, and improvements are possible without compromising on safety.
Microbial bio control agents (MBCA) are biopesticides based on living microbes. They provide a huge potential for the control of pests and diseases, but have trouble reaching the EU market. According to several authors, this is caused by the regulatory regime, which is less supportive compared to that of the US. The main objective of this paper is to present regulatory differences between the US and the EU and the resulting effects and developments of registration in both regions.