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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. Proposals For Balanced Regulation Procedures

    1. Anita Fjelsted, Ralf-Udo Ehlers
      Pages 375-405
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 407-416

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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