Environmental Risk Assessment for Plant Protection Products 2016: The Future for Higher-Tier Assessments

Date: 23 March 2016

Venue: Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, Harpenden

Price: £450+VAT

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The assessment of environmental risk for pesticides is increasing in complexity. More challenging acceptability criteria for products has led to an increase in refinements and higher-tier approaches in the assessment of risk. An unintended consequence is greater uncertainty in regulatory decision-making.

Therefore, there is a need for regulatory scientists, risk assessors and risk managers to ensure that environmental protection is based on sound science and relevant to meet the increasing demands for sustainable, intensive, agricultural productivity.

To start the discussion, stimulate ideas and share experiences, a one-day conference will be held at the newly purpose built Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise in Hertfordshire. Platform presentations covering a range of topical issues will be delivered by experts in environmental regulatory science.


08.00 - 09.00 Registration
09.00 - 09.10 Introduction to the Conference
09.10 - 09.50 Protection aims: what to protect, where, when and why?
Dr. Gertie Arts (Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Centre)
Environmental Exposure
Chair: Bruce Callow (Exponent International Ltd)
09.50 - 10.20 Refined surface water exposure assessment with VFSMOD to simulate risk mitigation of pesticide run-off and erosion by vegetated filter strips
Dr. Robin Sur (Bayer CropScience)
10.20 - 10.50 Morning break
10.50 - 11.20 Environmental exposure via drainage - higher tier approaches and refinement options
Dr. Sabine Beulke (Enviresearch Ltd)
11.20 - 11.50 Higher-tier approaches to groundwater exposure
Andy Newcombe (Arcadis)
11.50 - 12.20 Environmental exposure from use on protected crops
Ton van der Linden (RIVM)
12.20 - 12.40 Q&A
12.40 - 13.40 Lunch
Risk Assessment
Chair:  Dr. Marco Candolfi (Eurofins Agroscience Services)
13.40 - 14.10 What ecological modelling can do for risk assessment
Dr. Andreas Focks (Alterra - Centre for Water and Climate)
14.10 - 14.40 Higher-tier approaches for risk to the aquatic compartment
Mick Hamer (Syngenta Ltd)
14.40 - 15.10 Afternoon break
15.10 - 15.40 Field-based,  higher-tier, approaches for bees - a practical perspective
Dr. Marco Candolfi (Eurofins Agroscience Services)
15.40 - 16.10 EFSA NTA guidance
Dr. Frank Bakker (Eurofins-MITOX)
16.10 - 16.30 Final Q&A
16.30 Close of Conference

Professor Juliet L Osborne (Environment & Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter) will also demonstrate BEEHAVE - the latest ecological model for evaluating pesticides and bee colonies.


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