Visit with us at the 35th Society of Quality Assurance Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia

SciReg will be attending the upcoming 35th Society of Quality Assurance (SQA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia April 29 – May 3, 2019.  If you would like to arrange a meeting with a SciReg representative in Atlanta, please click here , or call telephone number (703) 494-6500.

Plant biostimulant language in 2018 U.S. Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law on December 20, 2018.  The new law contains the first statutory language regarding plant biostimulants in the United States and includes a description of such products: “a substance or micro-organism that, when applied to seeds, plants, or the rhizosphere, stimulates natural processes to enhance or benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, or crop quality and yield.”  This description is largely consistent with the plant biostimulant definition currently being pursued in the European Union.

The Farm Bill requires the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, states, and relevant stakeholders, to provide, by December 20, 2019, a report to Congress that “identifies any potential regulatory, non-regulatory, and legislative recommendations to ensure the efficient and appropriate review, approval, uniform national labeling, and availability of plant biostimulant products to agricultural producers.”  The definition of a plant biostimulant may also be modified during this process.

 

PRIA 3 Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

EPA held its PRIA 3 Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting on July 11, 2018. Rick Keigwin, Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), informed attendees that the Agency is experiencing resource challenges (which includes a decrease in OPP staff to below 600 employees) and indicated this is affecting productivity.

Steve Schaible, OPP’s PRIA Coordinator, provided an informative presentation on the following topics:

• PRIA 4 update
• Follow-up from previous Stakeholder Quarterly Meeting
• PRIA 3 summary for Fiscal Year 2018
• PRIA renegotiation rates
• On-time completion rates for Fiscal Year 2018
• Pending non-PRIA fast tracks and notifications
• Fees collected
• Two-day label approval
• Electronic label reviews
• Electronic submissions
• 45/90 preliminary technical screens

Mr. Schaible’s presentation is available here: PRIA 3 Presentation