IBMA White Paper: IBMA Vision on how to improve regulation in the European Union - a New EU Regulatory Framework for Bioprotection Agents

IBMA proposes the EU develops a new appropriate legislative framework and streamlined provisions with a dedicated centralized regulatory body, presumption of safe use, tiered assessment and tailored data requirements.

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IBMA Members

IBMA is a trade association representing the manufacturers of Biocontrol solutions and is proud to have wide range of members to enrich the association.

  • A large percentage of IBMA members are Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
  • IBMA Members’ provide Biocontrol solutions to manage pests and diseases.
  • IBMA Members’ Biocontrol solutions are preferred resources for conventional farming systems in integrated pest management (IPM) when intervention is required.
  • IBMA Members’ Biocontrol solutions are normally suitable to use in organic farming systems.
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IBMA

International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association is the voice of the Biocontrol industry and represents all its members to promote biocontrol and bring to the market via proportionate regulation modern, green biocontrol tools, inspired by, harnessed or harvested from nature.

These green biocontrol tools protect the crops and environment of today and importantly tomorrow, and are the first choice for controlling pests and diseases sustainably.

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Professional Groups

IBMA has four professional groups representing the manufacturers of solutions from the biocontrol industry for the control of pests and diseases

  • MACROBIALS - INVERTEBRATE BIOCONTROL AGENTS (IBCA) PROFESSIONAL GROUP 
  • MICROBIALS- MICROBIAL BIOCONTROL AGENTS (MBCA) PROFESSIONAL GROUP
  • NATURAL AND BIOCHEMICAL PRODUCTS PROFESSIONAL GROUP 
  • SEMIOCHEMICALS PROFESSIONAL GROUP
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IBMA, the voice of the Biocontrol Industry

The International Biocontrol Manufacturers' Association (IBMA) is a European focused association of biocontrol industries producing microorganisms, macroorganisms, semiochemicals and natural pesticides for plant protection, animal housing, home and garden and public health uses.

Biological and non-chemical plant protection products have become important solutions globally, in the quest towards sustainable production of food and pest management of public spaces. They offer new possibilities for farmers to include them in IPM programmes and increase sustainability of agriculture.

Based on long years of intensive research and development, the "Biocontrol industry" is growing fast and can offer safe and cost-effective solutions to the benefit of all facets of society.

IBMA was created in 1995 to represent the views of these biological control producers, with diverse origins and structures. We have a high percentage of member companies qualifying as SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) often with limited resources: Manufacturers, research organisations, extension services, consultants, distributors, all contribute to the development of biocontrol, benefit from and participate in IBMA activities.

IBMA is an association active on many levels:

We promote and defend our members’ activities and points of view at all levels, and share our expertise with relevant stakeholders and our members.

With members throughout the world, IBMA is a founding member of BioProtection Global (BPG), the global federation for biological crop protection,  animal health and public hygiene. Currently BPG covers Europe, North America, Brazil and South Africa. Further expansion is anticipated.

IBMA participate in the activities of international government organisations including OECD, FAO, WHO, UNEP, the European Commission, EFSA, etc. We also engage with other stakeholders including farmer organisations, NGOs and other associations. A lot of this activity will be passed to BioProtection Global with IBMA involvement in future.

Latest news

2018-10-18

Bernard Blum Award 2018 - Shortlist available !

Three products have been shortlisted for this year's Bernard Blum Award: FytoFend's COS-OGA, Marrone's product range based on Burkholderia and Plant Health Products with ECO-NOC.
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2018-10-04

Bernard Blum Award 2018 - List of nominees announced !

The list of nominations for the Bernard Blum Award is finally available - and the 15 highly qualified products listed show that our industry is thriving in finding effective solutions in pest and disease management with a low impact on human health and the environment!
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2018-07-09

List of minor uses needs and priorities

The minor uses needs and priorities of 24 out of 28 Member States are now available, plus data from Norway and Switzerland. In total, data from 26 European countries are available.
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IBMA is a member of global G.A.P. G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice and GLOBAL G.A.P. is the worldwide standard that assures it. GLOBAL G.A.P. is an organisation with a crucial objective: safe, sustainable agriculture worldwide; it sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe, and more and more producers, suppliers and buyers are harmonising their certification standards to match. Visit the Global G.A.P website to discover more.