EU legislation on MBCA more complex and lengthy

Published on
July 9, 2018

EU registration for microbial bio control agents (MBCA) is complex and lengthy compared to that of the US. In order to improve regulation, national level processes should be targeted for amendments. In this newly published paper various ways of expanding registration capacity of EU member states are suggested.

EU registration on average takes about 1.6 years more than US registration. Regulatory amendments improved EU level processes and led to a significant contraction of procedural timespans, but processes at MS level did not improve substantially and have become a larger procedural obstacle.

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.