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Regulation of Biological Control Agents

  • Ralf-Udo Ehlers
  • Results of the EU policy support action REBECA (Regulation of Biological Control Agents)

  • Overview and comparison of current status of regulation requirements

  • Guideline for regulation of biological control agents

  • Proposals for the development of adapted and more balanced regulation requirements for biocontrol agents

  • Proposals for innovative regulation legislation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. General Aspects of Regulation

  3. Risks and Risk Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Claude Alabouvette, Christelle Cordier
      Pages 157-173
    3. Gabriele Berg, Christin Zachow, Massimiliano Cardinale, Henry Müller
      Pages 175-189
    4. Hermann Strasser, Stefan Hutwimmer, Wolfgang Burgstaller
      Pages 191-213
  4. Proposals for Balanced Regulation Procedures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Olaf Strauch, Hermann Strasser, Rüdiger Hauschild, Ralf-Udo Ehlers
      Pages 267-288
    3. Lucius Tamm, Bernhard Speiser, Thierry Mercier
      Pages 289-304
    4. Bernhard Speiser, Lucius Tamm, Susan Mattock
      Pages 305-321

About this book


This book presents a comprehensive compilation of registration requirements necessary for authorisation of biological control agents (viruses, bacteria, fungi, active substances of natural origin and semiochemicals) in OECD countries. It also reviews data requirements for invertebrate agents (insect, mites and nematodes) and provides proposals for harmonisation of the regulation process and guidelines for completion of application forms. Based on results of the EU REBECA Policy Support Action, which gathered experts from academia, regulation authorities and industry, risks and benefits of the specific agents were reviewed and proposals for a more balanced registration process elaborated, including recommendations for acceleration of the authorisation process and discussions on trade-off effects and policy impacts. All these aspects are covered in detail in this book, which points the way forward for enhanced utilisation of biological control agents.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ralf-Udo Ehlers
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Phytopathologie, Abt. Biotechnologie undUniversität KielKielGermany

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