Biocontrol LATAM Colombia November 2018

Preparations are now underway for Biocontrol LATAM 2018.  This is the second Latin America Biocontrol Industry meeting organised by NewAg International and 2BMonthly in conjunction with IBMA and local organisers. 

After the successful Biocontrol LATAM 2016, in Campinas, Brazil, the industry will gather this time in Colombia; a market where biocontrol is actively being adopted with a wide range of crops. The call for papers will open in Q2 2018.

Topics to be covered by top LATAM and international speakers will include global biocontrol market, market for biocontrol in LATAM, main trends in the LATAM industry, biocontrol regulatory in LATAM, biocontrol as a business – adoption by growers and distributors, biocontrol and biostimulants: going together in LATAM?, biologicals production and formulation, emerging technologies in microbials, natural extracts and semiochemicals.

The conferences will feature speakers from academic, government and industry circles, whose aim will be to promote products and technologies that fit LATAM conditions.

You can find further information here.

ECPA-IBMA workshop - EFSA role in evaluation of PPPs - 7th and 8th June 2016 - Parma, Italy

IBMA and ECPA (the European Crop Protection Association) are once again organizing a joint workshop to discuss key developments in EFSA’s work related to the evaluation of active substances as well as scientific and new guidance development.

The workshop aims to provide an opportunity to hear about the current developments and to dialogue as well as promote a common understanding on important developments and challenges for industry and regulators.

The programme can be read here.

Please note that there is no registration deadline but the number of participants is limited.

If you wish to register, please use the following link:

If you need an accomodation, please reserve through this link (the hotel is full if you try to reserve in any other way.)


International PHYTOMA-Spain Encounter on DROSOPHILA SUZUKII

Ecology and control of Drosophila suzukii after five years in our crops.

The first conferences took place seven years ago in Italy and in Spain. This year Phytoma organizes a new one.

International Encounter organised by PHYTOMA on this new invasive pest, Drosophila suzukii, which has affected many European countries. In Spain, the most important crops affected are cherries, strawberries and smaller fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc., although it has also been detected causing damage in plum, peach, nectarine and other soft fruits, as well as some ornamentals and forest fruits. Moreover, in some areas farmers have reported damage to winemaking grapes (a serious issue in France, for example) that would affect wine quality.

Discussions at the Encounter will include around the biology and ecology of the pest, as well as the damage it causes in each crop. Control systems will be based one the experiments being carried out in Spain and other countries such as Italy, France, Switzerlandand the United States; crop by crop and including agricultural diversity as well as environmental and climate conditions.

The Encounter is structured in four parts: the first will focus on the description, origin and spread of D. suzukii and a description of their biology, behaviour and ecology. The second section will deal with control strategies and methods against the pest. The third part will analyse the trials in Spain, comparing control experiments by crop and area. Finally, we shall have the invaluable participation of researchers from other countries with extensive experience of D. suzukii.


Copa Cogeca Magazine: EU Farmers and Agri-Cooperatives

On the latest issue of our partner magazine, you will be able to read an interview of IBMA President Willem Ravensberg.

''IBMA President Willem Ravensberg told Copa-Cogeca that there is a strong move towards using bio-pesticides
on crops, but warned that the regulatory system for approving products is too long, preventing the market
from developing.''


The Asia Biocontrol Market: solid growth but challenging!

The Asian biocontrol market is growing at an annual rate of more than 15%, however biocontrol represents less than 5% in value of the total pesticide market in Asia according to keynote speaker Dr. Thomas Jaekel, GIZ-CIM Expert on Biological Plant Protection. The number of biocontrol products approved for use in Asia is growing explosively, as shown by the increase of nearly 50% in registered biocontrol products from 2012 to 2014, according to Dr. Jaekel, which suggests continued strong growth of the Asian biocontrol market....

IBMA Spain - 13th Symposium of Plant Protection

IBMA Spain presented on the 30th January, before the round table discussion, the IBMA Spain group but making also a presentation about regulation and biocontrol, mainly based the discussion on Low Risk.

On the other side, the first day of Symposium during the morning, will have to do with the nowadays situation of the plant strenghtener regulation in Spain (OMDF's) and new regulatory futur frame (biostimulants), presented by people from the Ministry. In the afternoon, about regulatory (1107/2009) presented mainly by AEPLA.
On the second day, the talks will be on IPM guidelines that the MAGRAMA has already presented and edited (citrics, olive trees, stone fruit orchards, wine grape and cereals), and informatics and new monitorization techniques applied to agriculture (TICS and use of drones…).


2015 iFresh Asian Fruit & Vegetable Industry Summit

Shanghai Everbright International Hotel

2015 iFresh Asian Fruit and Vegetable Industry Summit will carry out deep discussion and share experience within industry around current hot topics like development of new products for import and export, package and operation of own brand, case analysis of O2O business model, channel expansion of direct picking and selling in place of origin, sharing of agricultural capital operation mode, efficiency promotion of package and distribution, postharvest and deep processing technology of fruit and vegetable.

It aims at open the import and export trade channel, expand distribution channel in mainland, promote own brand and
improve additional value of high quality products.

Joint Press Release, PAN Europe & IBMA

The European Commission missed the 26th November 2014 deadline to submit a report to the Parliament and the Council on increased use of alternatives for pest and disease control. Let us hope that this does not reflect an overall low ambition of Europe to reduce the risk to human health and the environment through implementation of sustainable use of pesticides.


Bernard Blum passed away


University of Warwick’s 50th year - Events in Brussels on Bee Health and IPM

Led by the University of Warwick's Global Research Priorities (GRP) programmes , this event will bring together Warwick and Brussels' experts working in the field of Food and Global Governance.
The sessions will focus on areas such as the honeybee decline in Europe and the concern for future availability of honeybee pollination; the tools that are available to implement the sustainable use of pesticides; emerging trends in transnational governance, including the Bangladesh Accord and the Ruggie Framework, to regulate labour and human rights violation in global supply chains; and the broader social implications of the 'institutionalisation' of charitable food aid. 

The University’s Global Research Priorities programme is part of Warwick’s strategy to bring together the University major areas of research strength around key global priorities and challenges currently confronting the world. With ten themes in total, the programme supports multi-disciplinary research by offering a platform from which to showcase their world-leading research, and a forum in which to engage the multiple research users throughout the research process.

Two conferences might be of particular interest for our industry:

  • Sustainable Use of Pesticides - Tuesday 9 June, 4pm-5.30pm
    Opportunities for Integrated Pest Management - implementation of Directive 2009/128/EC to ensure the sustainable use of pesticides

    There is a clear need to provide European farmers and growers with crop protection tools that can be used as part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Use Directive. However, developing new crop protection technologies, getting them to the market, and working out the best ways to use them in IPM is not simple.

    This session will consider the IPM tools that are available to farmers and growers to implement sustainable use of pesticides in a way that is practical and viable economically. We shall explore the key issues around IPM using brassica crops as a case study, drawing on UK experience and recent material collected by an EIP Focus Group on brassica crops (vegetables and oil seed rape). We shall then look at the challenges of getting non-chemical methods of plant protection to the market place, focusing on biocontrol agents, and specifically “biopesticides”.

  • Food Security and biodiversity: Honeybee Decline in Europe - Wednesday 10 June, 11am-12pm

    This event will look at the European honeybee, the world’s most important commercially-managed pollinator, and its associated pests and pathogens. These are becoming increasingly worrying factors that have seen the decline of honeybee stocks causing concern about the future availability of honeybee pollination. Colony losses have an effect on the economy and food production.... in the EU this has led decisive action in not only identifying the causes of decline within the Bee population, but how European stakeholders can combat this problem, with initiatives spearheaded by the European Food Safety Alliance (EFSA).

The events take place in Brussels at the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Brussels Office, Avenue d'Auderghem 22-28, 22-28 Oudergemselaan, B-1040 Brussels.

For more details and practical information.


The Prague Biocides Conference 2015 (25-26 June 2015) 

Barceló Praha Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic 
This two day conference is aimed at small and large companies manufacturing, formulating and marketing biocide active substances and products for the European market.
For more information

The 2015 BPIA Registration Workshop (15-16 September 2015)
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, VA

The 2015 BPIA (Biopesticide Industry Alliance) Registration Workshop will return for a 1½ day workshop and training event will attract companies wishing to register or gain a further understanding of the requirements involved in registering a biological pesticide in the United States.
For more information

Biopesticides – Innovative technologies and strategies for pest control  -  

7th - 9th September 2015  at Swansea University

Biopesticides include microbial (fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes and microsporidia) biological control agents (BCAs), extracts of plants and other organisms, and behaviour modifying chemicals (semiochemicals) such as pheromones. 

This meeting focuses on the advances made in the development of biopesticides for pest control. Particular attention is given to innovative technologies and strategies which enhance biopesticide efficacy and competitiveness.

Read more

IPM: The 10 year plan

The GCRI Trust is sponsoring the Bewley Lecture as part of the AAB IPM conference to be presented on 18th November. In addition, The GCRI Trust is sponsoring a competition for the costs (up to £250 each) of registration and travel to the conference for four young researchers (students or recent post-docs). Young researchers are invited to apply by writing a short (500 to 1,000 word) article on “A personal view on the future directions of IPM”.

Documents should be submitted to the GCRI Trust secretary,
Dr Kerry Burton (, closing date 31 July 2015.

Read more

Call for papers; Submit an ABSTRACT )


The SIP Early Career Award

The Council of the Society of Invertebrate Pathology has created an Early Career Scientist award to recognize outstanding contributions from invertebrate pathologists who are in the early stage of their scientific/academic career. The winner of this award will receive an official certificate that will be awarded at the Opening Ceremony of the Society’s Annual Meeting. SIP council has allocated $ 1250 (U.S. dollars) for this award.

Early career scientists are eligible for this award if they meet the following requirements:

  • The nominee has made significant contributions to the field of invertebrate pathology through research, teaching, and/or outreach after completion of his/her PhD research.
  • The PhD degree of the nominee must have been granted no more than eight years prior to the submission deadline for this award.
  • The nominee is a current member of SIP and, has been a member for at least the past two years. Nominees with active involvement in the society (e.g. has hold division positions, committee membership, meeting organisation) will be viewed positively.

Read more here


IBMA Vice-President election

All members were informed that our current IBMA Vice-President, Vittorio Veronelli from CBC Europe, is resigning from the Board and Executive Committee as per terms of appointment. He is ineligible for re-election. We have received four nominations from amongst our member companies. Active members have been invited to vote via e-vote and the closing date is 29th of September. The result of the election will be announced at the AGM on 23rd October during ABIM. Please find further information on the candidates and voting policies and procedures on the IBMA website. Any queries please contact Louisa

Read more on our website -you must be logged into the members’ only section

Call for candidates IBMA Natural and Biochemical Products Group

A call for candidates for the Chair of Natural and Biochemical Products was sent to all members. Nominations of “active members” should be proposed and forwarded to by the 28th September 16.00 CET by email.  Further information on what qualities and motivations the proposed candidate should possess and the election process is available on the IBMA website.

 Read more on our website - you must be logged into the members’ only section




ABIM 2017

With just over a month to go to ABIM you can now find the programme of events on the ABIM website For ABIM 2017 the two keynote speakers represent different aspects of biocontrol and will be presenting how their organisations have helped change pest management practices; Monday - Paul Koppert and Tuesday - Ulrich (Ulli) Kuhlmann. If you wish to avoid the queue at the registration desk at the Congress Center please remember to register on-line. Single day registration is also available

 IBMA members are very welcome to attend the IBMA AGM which will take place on Monday 23rd October from 14.00-16.00. 

Vera Ros was awarded the Early Career Award from the Society of Invertebrate Pathology at the conference of this society in San Diego (USA) last month. This award recognizes outstanding contributions from invertebrate pathologists who are in the early stage of their scientific career. Vera Ros is Assistant Professor at the Laboratory of Virology, Wageningen University and Research (The Netherlands). She is interested in the evolution of host-parasite interactions, with a strong focus on interactions between arthropods and micro-organisms. She studies virus – insect interactions, focusing on virus-induced manipulation of insect host behaviour. Her work is aimed at clarifying which viral genes modify host behaviour, and which pathways in the host transduce the virus-induced signal into a change in behaviour. In addition, she studies viral invasion of insect brains to manipulate host behaviour. This work will aid the design of effective biocontrol strategies for insect pests, since insect behaviour is of crucial importance in agricultural settings. Furthermore, her research includes the study of covert virus infections in insects (having a huge impact on mass rearing of insects) and of ecological implications of baculovirus infections.

Publication of Two OECD Pesticides Reports

 Two documents were recently published by the OECD:

  • Guidance Document on Semiochemical Active Substances and Plant Protection Products
    Series on Pesticides No. 93; ENV/JM/MONO(2017)33 (10 January 2018)
  • Report on the OECD Workshop on Sustainable Pest Management in Practice: Anticipating and Adapting to Changes in the Pesticides Regulatory Landscape
    Series on Pesticides No. 94; ENV/JM/MONO(2018)1, ANN (10 January 2018)

Read more on the OECD website

Fruit Logistica 2015

This year, IBMA was once more present in Fruit Logistica to represent biocontrol manufacturers together with nine of its member from all over the world: BioAtlantis, Bioferm, CBC Biogard, E-nema, Goemar, Koppert Biological Systems, Lallemand Verdera, Valent Sumitomo Chemicals and Oro Agri.

On a stand of almost 200m2 situated in the brand new building of the Messe Berlin, the City Cube, IBMA tried to explain and show the potential of biocontrol to producers and other actors of the food chain.

Among other events, one of our member CBC Biogard organized a conference concerning the use of biocontrol products and the advantages for the agri-food sector.

IBMA Press Release - 11th July 2016

IBMA Official response to the Implementation Plan on Acceleration of Sustainable Plant Protection as proposed by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs: Priority for low-risk plant protection products,as indicated in the Preamble (17) of Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, means prioritizing now.

IBMA, International Biocontrol Manufacturers’ Association, warmly welcomes the Netherlands’ initiative to address Sustainable Plant Protection during their recent EU Presidency. Furthermore, IBMA welcomes that they established a group representing 19 Member States, EFSA and EU COM and that they prioritised two areas: making low-risk Plant Protection Products more available to European farmers, and to encourage the practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IBMA also congratulates both the Netherlands and the EU Sustainable Plant Protection Expert Group for their very effective and focused work over the last 6 months. A lot has been achieved and by engaging other Member States a broad commitment to achieving the agreed common goals has been attained.

The Implementation Plan - that you may read here - is broadly supportive of IBMA’s calls for both low-risk active substances within Reg. 1107/2009 and plant protection products and implementation of IPM as called for under the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUPD). Many of the 40 recommendations call for best practice from all parties. IBMA welcomes Member States implementing such measures and will certainly work with its members to ensure well prepared dossiers are being submitted.

IBMA particularly welcome commitment in the areas of:

  1. Interest in inferring low-risk status on existing approved active substances
  2. Granting extended renewals or non-limited approvals of l-r active substances
  3. Proposing fast-track procedures  
  4. Granting provisional approvals
  5. Consideration of reduced fees for low-risk active substances and products
  6. Proposing zonal or 1 zone applications with a single fee
  7. Reduced efficacy requirements for low-risk PPPs using the proposed EPPO guidance
  8. Exclusion of attractants and repellents including semiochemicals from regulation
  9. Exclusion of substances with a physical mode of action from regulation
  10. Promotion of using dedicated expertise for handling and evaluating low-risk as and PPP applications
  11. Promotion of non-opening of low-risk as dossiers during authorisation of low-risk PPPs
  12. Consideration of label claims for low-risk status on low-risk PPPs
  13. IPM measures

However, based on the practical requirements of farmers, IBMA do have some issues and do not welcome and have concerns that:

  1. Provisional authorisation may be on a voluntary basis, and as experience has shown this will not remove uncertainty and will cause issues with harmonisation particularly at zonal level
  2. The proposed existing approved active substances low-risk listing may carry no official status as this limits any value of such listing
  3. Proposed changes are in the most part to be enacted during a lengthy REFIT programme commencing this year but not implemented for several years, and supports these initiatives being implemented on a more timely basis
  4. IBMA further question the need and impact of a review of 396/2005 as most substances expected to be granted low-risk status (biocontrol products in particular) will not be required to have MRLs set

In summary, IBMA congratulate the Netherlands Presidency on their achievements with low-risk Plant Protection Products and IPM, and the unanimous endorsement of the plan by the AGRIFISH Council. The fact that the EU Sustainable Plant Protection Expert Group will be maintained during the Slovakian Presidency should facilitate this. IBMA reiterates that the legislation needs immediate repair in order to have the required low-risk products accessing the market. No more time should be wasted: the changes foreseen by the Netherlands Presidency, the EU Sustainable Agriculture Group, IBMA and other stakeholders should be achieved as soon as possible.

Contact: David Cary, 0044 (0) 7775514840,

Save the Date 31st January 2018

SUD Symposium on Arable Farming will take place at the European Parliament from 15:00 to 19:00. Further details on the programme and registration will follow.

Bernard Blum Award for Novel Biocontrol Solutions

Latest information:

IBMA has been very pleased with the response to the call for the inaugural Bernard Blum Award.
Both the number and quality of the nominations was befitting the important contribution made by Bernard and should make significant contributions to biocontrol in the future.
The nominations received are being collated and will be passed on to the independent judging panel for their assessment. In the next phase we should be able to announce shortlisted candidates.
We are in discussions with the people concerned to have posters of all nominations on display at ABIM in October. 

Call for nomination:

IBMA is very proud to announce a unique opportunity to call for nominations from the industry for novel biocontrol solutions that will make an impact on this rapidly growing market.

IBMA will award a trophy, interview and product placement in New Ag International and 2BMonthly publications, as well as complementary registration and an exclusive area to display the winning innovation at ABIM 2015, the premier global biocontrol industry event.

Read more

To apply,send the form below filled out to Isabelle Pinzauti

IBMA Copa Cogeca Luncheon Debate on Low-risk pesticides. 

Hosted by the Members of the European Parliament Mr La Via and Mr Poc, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the ENVI Committee; this luncheon debate will allow us to present one of the main regulatory issue for our industry, to relevant decision makers.

The International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association celebrates its 20 year anniversary.

In 1995 Bernard Blum called a number of companies together to develop the idea of the formation of a biocontrol association. These visionary leaders anticipated an important and growing industry in the field of plant protection. Biocontrol was developing quickly in those early days, but there were also great challenges to the industry. Some companies did not survive the early stages of industry development. Registration was recognized as a huge hurdle to placing products on the market and the delays caused many innovative companies to suffer from this. It was necessary to organize the industry and start a dialogue with authorities. Beyond these regulatory issues it was also deemed important to promote biocontrol widely and to reach out to various stakeholders.

A first meeting was hold early 1995 and was followed by a second meeting on September 14 in Paris. At this meeting the International Biocontrol manufacturers Association, then abbreviated as BIO International, was created, having its seat in Paris. About 15 member companies were present. Bernard Blum was appointed as the first president of IBMA.

The first General Assembly Meeting (AGM) was held in Brighton, UK, on November 23, 1995. Thirteen companies were represented by about 20 persons, 7 companies were recorded as absent. Four Professional groups were established, the same ones still existing as the backbone of our present structure. Further, three Working Groups were initiated: Regulatory Affairs, Standards and Safety and Promotion. The heads of all these groups formed the Executive Committee, together with the President and the Treasurer. IBMA was officially founded and commenced its activities, all conducted by enthusiastic volunteers from member companies. They were optimistic about the future of the biocontrol industry and today we can see that they were right.

We sincerely thank these initiators of our industry association for their vision and efforts to fight for a bright future. We would like to thank them for their input and efforts. We celebrate with them this very successful organisation that has proven to very useful and necessary. Today, IBMA is the recognised point of contact for our industry. The challenges identified in the past are largely still there today, but despite these issues our industry has grown tremendously and continues to do so. Biocontrol is rapidly expanding in all parts of the world and the opportunities and needs for the future encourage us to continue with a strong motivation and commitment towards biocontrol.

Willem Ravensberg

IBMA President

Master in Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems (Plant Health)

IBMA members may be of interest in this Master in Plant Health which is now accepting applications. More information can be found in the two attached documents. Briefly the candidates profile is:

• Students and professionals from all over the world • Passionate for IPM • Awarded Bachelor of Science degree (180 ECTS) in Agronomy, Agricultural Sciences or related fields, with at least 4 ECTS in Plant Health or Crop Protection, or equivalent. • English language competence: min B2 level

Applicants must be qualified students and as part of the Master will have to complete a research work or thesis which could be completed in one of our member companies. Students will have approximately six months to develop their work in the chosen company.

Past student intake has been worldwide (Nigeria, India, Ethiopa, Macedonia, Philippines, Brasil, Botswana, Vietnam, Mexico, Bangladesh, Tunisia, China, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, Nepal and Georgia).

Applicants should be excellent students, active people in the field, passionate about IPM with strong motivation and with good language skills. Potentially, following the six months of “training” or developing their work at the company, they could be good candidates for our companies employment.

Note to economic operators and related Q&A document for Brexit published on the SANTE webpage

The United Kingdom notified of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. This means that unless the withdrawal agreement establishes another date or the period is extended by the European Council all Union primary and secondary law ceases to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019.The United Kingdom will then become a 'third country'.

In this regard, business operators involved in the activities falling under the scope of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market and Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 on maximum residue levels of pesticides (MRLs) are reminded that preparing for the withdrawal is not just a matter for European and national authorities, but also for private parties.

In view of the considerable uncertainties, in particular concerning the content of a possible withdrawal agreement, all applicants for an active substance or plant protection product are reminded of certain legal repercussions stemming from currently applicable rules of Union law if the United Kingdom becomes a third country. In particular, business operators should consider that, according to Union law, third countries cannot act as rapporteur Member States, zonal rapporteur Member States or evaluating Member States for MRLs1 . As regards submissions of new applications, business operators should take into account the expected timelines of different regulatory procedures in which the United Kingdom would be acting as e.g., rapporteur Member State, zonal rapporteur Member State or evaluating Member State for MRLs. Taking account of the aforementioned uncertainties as well as the regulatory framework, business operators should consider taking the relevant actions. For example, where there is a risk that those procedures are not concluded by the date when the United Kingdom will leave the Union, applicants may choose by preference another Member State to carry out the evaluation or assessment.

Concerning those on-going procedures for which the United Kingdom is currently carrying out an assessment or evaluation, business operators should carefully monitor their progress. Where there are clear indications that the procedure will not be concluded by the withdrawal date, taking account of the uncertainties as well as the regulatory framework, business operators should consider taking the necessary actions. For example, a change of the rapporteur or evaluating Member State may be required.


Please find the note to economic operators and the related Q&A document for Brexit on the SANTE website here (see related documents box on right hand side of webpage).


Integrated Pest Management: Working with nature

The 11 plates form a touring exhibition of large-scale panels that have been shown in various locations: European Commission DG AGRI, DG SANTE etc.

The examples provided on the posters are used in practice on a large acreage in a variety of countries. They illustrate a small number of methods and applications of biocontrol agents available to European growers and farmers.

Biological solutions have been developed for various sectors, from greenhouse crops to orchards,vineyards, vegetables, ornamentals, and arable crops.

The use of biocontrol agents is rapidly growing worldwide and innovative research in institutes as well as in companies is delivering new tools and methods continuously.

The future of IPM with these new tools, especially if applied in combination with good agronomic practice, therefore looks very promising enabling a more sustainable agriculture with less impact on the environment and biodiversity whilst yielding safe food for the growing human population.

This brochure will give you more information about IPM and our common exhibition on this topic.

(If you like our brochure layout, you may contact our graphic designer)


Special feature on Biocontrol in International Pest Control Sept/Oct issue

A special five page feature titled “The Biocontrol world meets at ABIM” has been published in the September/October issue of International Pest Control. The article gives information on ABIM and details some of the programme highlights to look forward to. A full exhibitor reference guide is also included. Read the article from the International Pest Control September/October issue. See article attached.

Workshop for young scientists Development of Biological control products

Are you a young scientist working in the field of biological control? And would you like to learn more about the development of microbial biological control products?
Then sign up for the BIOCOMES 3-days workshop on 17-19 January 2017 in Germany!

BIOCOMES will organize a training workshop for young scientists on the development of economically and ecologically sustainable microbial biological control products on 17-19 January 2017 in Schwentinental, Germany.

The training workshop will focus on important topics determining the successful implementation of biological control products:

  • Markets & product registration
  • Methods in research on ecology, detection & mode-of-actionScreening strategies & efficacy testing
  • Lab to greenhouse transfer & application
  • Industrial mass production & quality assessment of product

Read more


2nd ICC Conference on working out ABS

It will take place on the 28th and 29th September in Paris. There will be interactive panel discussions and workshops on how to comply with the new ABS Regulation just weeks before the rules, implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the EU, become fully applicable
on 12 October 2015.

IBMA consolidated members' comments on COM proposal for a Regulation laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009


A new COST Action (FA1405) was approved 

It is entitled “Using three-way interactions between plants, microbes and arthropods to enhance crop protection and production”.
COST stands for Cooperation in Science and Technology, and stimulates researchers, scholars and engineers from academia and industry to jointly develop new ideas and initiatives through networking of nationally funded research activities.

BPIA Selects Experienced Environmental Attorney and Association Executive as New Executive Director

On the10th August the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA) announced it selection of Keith Jones as its new executive director. Mr. Jones is an environmental attorney who previously served as executive director of a land conservation trust in Pennsylvania and as general counsel for several nonprofit organizations including a national trade association in Washington, DC focused on clean water issues. Jones replaces Bill Stoneman who is retiring from his seven-year role as the contract executive of the organization. The selection was made after a national search, during which Stoneman has continued to serve as BPIA’s acting executive director. Jones will begin in his new role August 10th.

“On behalf of the BPIA Board of Directors, I congratulate Keith on his selection as our next executive director, and I look forward to seeing BPIA continue to grow under his leadership,” said Rick Melnick, Chair of the BPIA Board and Global Brand and Communications Manager for Valent BioSciences Corporation. “The Board engaged in a deliberate and purposeful search process from which Keith stood out as the best candidate to continue BPIA’s growth and efforts to foster the adoption of biopesticide technology. His advocacy experience, vision for our future, and passion for taking BPIA to the next level were keys for his selection.”

“The Board of Directors could not have made a better choice to usher BPIA into the future,” said Stoneman, who will continue to be involved as a member. “As we prepare for our transition, Keith has already impressed me with his energy, enthusiasm, and attention to detail. I have no doubt that BPIA will continue to flourish and develop with Keith at the helm.”

At the 2015 BPIA Fall Semi-Annual Meeting on September 16th through18th in Arlington, VA, the organization will introduce its new executive director while celebrating its 15th anniversary. The Biopesticide Industry Alliance is a membership organization of manufacturers, researchers, developers, and service industries working together in the common interest of fostering adoption of biopesticide technology through increased awareness about their effectiveness and full range of benefits.


New degree in ICM from CABI

As part of collaboration between CABI, the University of Neuchâtel and the Canton Jura, Switzerland, a post-graduate degree is now accepting applications to bring the world’s future agricultural leaders to Switzerland for one year.

The aim is to address today’s critical agricultural and environmental challenges. Now in its second year, the Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) is a comprehensive higher education programme delivering science-based knowledge in the field of sustainable agriculture. We present cutting-edge crop management principles and explore solutions that can be incorporated into practice and policy back home. Successful MAS students will join public and private sectors addressing sustainable agriculture within governmental offices, research institutions, universities, advisory services, non-governmental organisations and private industry.

This course provides strategies for intensifying agricultural production with minimal negative impact on biodiversity and natural ecosystems. The ICM approach makes sensible use of the latest research, technology, advice and experience to develop sustainable, resilient farming system to help feed the growing population.

Visit and apply by September 1, 2015.

The International miCROPe2015-Symposium

will take place from November 23 – 25, 2015 in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria.

Institutional and corporate delegates from more than 48 countries and 6 continents have already registered to the Symposium!

You are invited to represent your company’s brand in front of scientists and key industry professionals, who have a vested interest in your products, by becoming a symposium sponsor. Sponsorship at this International Symposium will show our attendees your commitment to building industry and science relationships.
A limited number of exhibition booths are available.

The symposium will address basic and applied aspects of applying beneficial microorganisms in crop production.

Successful microbial products
Need for microbial solutions
Colonization and mechanisms of beneficial plant–microbe interactions
Involvement of multitrophic and microbiome interactions
Microbial applications from lab to field
Application technologies and formulations
Benefits and potential concerns for consumers and farmers
Registration requirements of microbial products

To book your required package, please return the “Registration Form” at your earliest convenience. Space for exhibitors and other packages will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Please find the Sponsorship-Portfolio incl. further information about all the possibilities for the presentation of your company and the Registration Form (last 2 pages).

For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Alexandra Khassidov.

Alexandra Khassidov
Telefon: +43 (1) 47654-6394
Telefax: +43 (1) 47654-6392


International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association of Kenya (IBMA Kenya) was launched on Friday 15th September 2017 at the Naivasha Hortifair. In the last 10 years biocontrol in Kenya has grown and this transition has occurred as a result of various driving forces including consumer demand, overcoming pesticide resistance and environmental concern. However, the wide spread adoption by Kenyan growers has only been achieved through locally available biological control agents and service providers that provide affordable biological solutions.



The EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility has started!

On 1st September Mr Jeroen Meeussen started work as coordinator for the new EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility.  Minor uses of pesticides are uses on niche crops with a high economic value for farmers, but usually of low economic interest for the agro-pesticide industry. The mission of the Facility is 'to enable farmers in the EU to produce high quality crops by filling minor uses gaps through efficient collaboration to improve availability of chemical and non-chemical tools within an integrated pest management (IPM) framework’. Speaking from his office in Paris, Jeroen says “I am looking forward to the challenge of improving the co-ordination between countries, grower organisations and industry in developing solutions for minor uses. One of my priorities will be to liaise with applicants, growers, Member States and other relevant stakeholders. I will also be drawing on experience from other minor use projects around the globe”.

Jointly funded, initially, by the EU and the governments of France, Germany and the Netherlands, the Facility is hosted by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) in Paris.  Its work will be overseen by a Steering Group representing all of the funders. The representatives of the governments of France, Germany and the Netherlands welcomed the creation of the Facility: “We believe that only through effective collaboration between countries the problems of minor uses can be addressed. That is why our governments have been willing to contribute to the costs of getting the Facility established.”

The EU has committed to provide 50% of the costs of this Facility for the first three years.  The work of the Facility will benefit growers in all Member States, and one of its tasks will be to develop a sustainable funding model for continuing the work in the longer term. All Member States and stakeholders will need to play a role in securing its future.

Copa-Cogeca, the European farmers and agri-cooperatives organisation, has welcomed the news of the establishment of the Facility. Mr Luc Peeters, chairman of the Copa-Cogeca working party on phytosanitary questions said: “We have been drawing attention to the problems faced by our sector for many years, and are pleased that there is now a Facility to improve the co-ordination of efforts to address those problems. We look forward to working with the Facility. The proof of its success will be seen in terms of practical solutions available to growers.”

Mr Martin Ward, Director General of EPPO explained the role of his organisation.  “We have been working with our member countries on co-ordination of plant protection for over 60 years, including action to address the minor uses question.  We were pleased to respond positively when some of our members asked us to consider hosting this new Coordination Facility and will be keen to work with Jeroen to ensure its success.”


Because of the extensive data packages required for authorization to market plant protection products, growers face increasing difficulties in gaining authorization for “minor uses”. These are uses on more specialist crops or against pest problems which are not routinely encountered but may on occasion be very damaging. Although termed “minor uses” the problems of lack of availability of controls affect crops worth 70 billion Euros per year across the EU.

The European Commission has recently agreed to fund an additional programme of action to address the problem in a more coherent way by establishing a Minor Uses Coordination Facility.  (REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the establishment of a European fund for minor uses in the field of plant protection products, Brussels, 18.2.2014 COM(2014) 82 final).   France, Germany and the Netherlands have all agreed to contribute funding to establish the Facility for three years initially.  A Steering Group representing all of the funders agreed the proposal to create the Facility, hosted by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO).

The main task of the Coordination Facility will be to address gaps in pest and disease control measures available for so called 'minor crops' and for minor pests on other crops for farmers as well as for gardeners. It is emphasized that the Facility will coordinate and support minor use work among all Member States. Furthermore it is envisaged that the cooperation between the Coordination Facility and the ERANET on Integrated Pest Management (IPM ERANET) will result in more tools – chemical as well as non-chemical – becoming available for farmers in the field of pest and disease control.

For the last five years Jeroen Meeussen has been working in Brussels for the European Commission on pesticide issues, including ‘minor uses’. Before that he worked as the EU coordinator for plant protection products for theNetherlands. With a degree in plant pathology and an experience of more than 25 years in the area of regulatory issues for plant protection products Jeroen has an excellent understanding of what is going on in the field of crop protection, and is well placed to tackle the issue of ‘minor’ uses which, as he says, is of ‘major’ significance in agricultural production. 

Within the EU Jeroen facilitated the registration of biopesticides and since 2005 he chairs the Biopesticides Steering Group (BPSG) as part of the Pesticide Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization is an intergovernmental organisation founded in 1951 and is recognised as the Regional Plant Protection Organisation for Europe.  It has an existing programme of work developing Standards for evaluating the efficacy of plant protection products. More details are at

The address of the European Union Minor Uses Coordination Facility is: 21 boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris, France. Jeroen Meeussen can be contacted via e-mail or by phone +33(0)1 84 79 07 55 (direct line)/+33(0)7 60 82 22 36 (mobile).


Five products have been shortlisted for the 2017 Bernard Blum Award.

  • CBC Europe for the product TREMOS, a digital electronic system used to disrupt location and mating of leafhopper species.
  • Certis USA for the product LifeGard®, a systemic acquired resistance product based upon Bacillus mycoides isolate J with efficacy against range of diseases in potatoes, sugarbeets, tomatoes, vines, and other crops.
  • Dow AgroSciences for the product Inatreq™, a microbial produced by Streptomyces species with activity against Septoria tritici and Puccinia species in wheat.
  • Koppert Biological Systems for the product Ulti-Mite Swirski, a biocontrol system that delivers predatory mites in an industrial compostable foil sachet that creates better protection against adverse climatic conditions, therefore extending the length of control possible.
  • Marrone Bio Innovations for the product Majestene®, a bionematicide based on Burkholderia spp. Strain A396 providing control of Meloidogyne, Pratylenchus, Belonolaimus, Tylenchorhynchus, Bursaphelenchus, Heterodera, Paratrichodorus, Rotylenchulus, and Radopholus nematodes in a wide range of crops.

IBMA will award a trophy, interview and product placement in New Ag International and 2BMonthly publications, as well as complementary registration for ABIM 2018 and the 3 shortlisted finalists will have a poster to display their innovations at ABIM 2017 taking place in Basel 23-25 October!

Bernard Blum Award 2018 for Novel Biocontrol Solutions - Call for Nominations

The call for nominations till 15th July 2018 is now open - Read more on the Bernard Blum Award page

FCI Agribusiness Connect- 4-6 November, 2015 Frankfurt, Germany

Some of the preeminent crop input distributors from around the world will join the FCI Agribusiness Connect in Frankfurt, Germany, 4-6 November 2015. We are inviting leading suppliers of biocontrols and biostimulants to join the FCI Agribusiness Connect. Our extensive research in the crop input distribution chain revealed the number one area of need for products, information, and technical expertise by input distributors is in the biocontrol and biostimulant markets. This is not a tradeshow – but an exclusive meeting of about 30-40 companies. It is designed to establish strategic relationships by supplying the distribution chain and farmers with the knowledge and products utilizing sustainable crop input technologies.

If you are interested, please contact Eric Davis, Publisher, Agribusiness Group,

IBMA Member Novozymes recruits:
Regulatory Affairs Manager, BioAg EU, Regulatory Affairs, Denmark

As Regulatory Manager in BioAg EU you will be part of the global BioAg team.

You will be responsible for driving Novozymes EU regulatory strategies for biofertilisers, biostimulants, and biopesticides including attending relevant trade organizations.

The work will be done in close collaboration with the team as well as consultants, external laboratories and partners.

Read more 

An interview of IBMA President
in New Ag International

New Ag International has published, in its last issue, an interview of IBMA President, Willem Ravensberg who answered to questions regarding our association as well as the future of our industry and the brand-new worldwide federation.

''The subjects of the new federation is to cover common issues that all associations face globally.''

     SAVE THE DATE   19th November 2015
            “Feeding Europe while reducing
                    pesticide dependency“.

The 4th edition of the Symposium, co-organized by Euro Coop, Greenpeace, IBMA, IOBC-WPRS and PAN Europe, will take place on the 19th November.

Experts will share their experience on the growing demand and market for non-chemical tools as alternatives to pesticides in pest management. Farmers, scientists, industry, NGOs and co-operative retailers will present insights and ways forward to significantly reduce pesticide dependency.

This year the symposium will also address the economic opportunities that reducing pesticide dependency provides, as well as present concrete and promising changes to move from intensive apple production to sustainable apple growing.

Participants will, in addition, discuss the progress and limitations of Member States’ implementation of the EU Directive on Sustainable Use of Pesticides (SUPD; EC/128/2009)

Please register for this event here or via email to
Please note: registration is mandatory to enter the EU Parliament. 

Administrative Assistant, part-time 2-2,5 days, IBMA Office, Brussels

Founded in 1995, IBMA is a non-profit, trade association, based in Brussels since 2013, representing the manufacturers of Biocontrol solutions and is proud to have a wide range of members to enrich the association. A large percentage of IBMA members are Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs). They provide ecologically sound natural Biocontrol solutions to manage pests and diseases. Their Biocontrol solutions are preferred resources for conventional farming systems in integrated pest management (IPM) and organic agriculture when intervention is required. 

IBMA is looking for an Administrative Assistant to reinforce our growing team in Brussels office. The selected candidate will have the chance to work in a friendly and multicultural environment, for an innovative industry, joining a small, but dedicated team, passionate about the future of sustainable agriculture.

As IBMA Administrative Assistant you will be responsible for office management, bookkeeping and events logistics; being responsible to the Communication and Operations Manager. This position, in a small team, requires administrative and organisational skills, flexibility, capacity to work independently and within a team as well as ability to deal with a rapidly-changing environment.

- Accurately keep and maintain the financial records of the Association to be passed to accountants for finalisation.
- Prepare, arrange and send invoices for the association. Follow up and record membership payments received and send out reminders when appropriate.
- Produce finance reports for the treasurer for Executive Committee Meetings and Annual General Meetings.
- Update and maintain the website with appropriate training and backup provided.
- Provide logistic support for events organisation.
- Other administrative and organisational tasks assigned to you from time to time.

Skills and Qualifications:
- Accuracy
- Experience in using Microsoft Office and Access would be expected.
- Bookkeeping experience is desirable.
- Flexibility and adaptability in a changing environment
- Pro-active and open-minded
- The successful applicant should be fluent in English as the working language of the association.
- Fluency in other languages would be an advantage.
- Previous web experience would be desirable.
- Previous experience in a similar role would be desirable.

Other attributes:
Knowledge and/or interest in environmental issues, agriculture, biology or related areas.

The selected candidate will be offered an undetermined period contract with a competitive remuneration package including extra-legal paid leave (proportional) and fringes. (lunch passes, public transportation monthly fee, ...).
A consultant contract is possible if preferred by the candidate.

He/she would be expecting to start in January/February.
In addition, IBMA is flexible on the working hours for this part-time position.

Please send your CV (including 2 references) and cover letter (1 page maximum) by email - with subject line Administrative Assistant – Application - by Thursday 1th December 2016 EOB to Isabelle Pinzauti Babrzyński.

People selected will be invited for an interview at IBMA office on December 8th.



Brexit impact on Plant Protection Products rules in the UK

EU rules in the field of PPPs will no longer apply to the United Kingdom after the withdrawal date. In particular, business operators should consider that, according to Union law, third countries cannot act as rapporteur Member States, zonal rapporteur Member States or evaluating Member States for MRLs.

Business operators should also bear in mind the following:

  • For new applications: until the withdrawal, the UK may hold a role (rapporteur Member States, zonal rapporteur Member States or evaluating Member States for MRLs) but it is important to closely monitor the timeline and chose another Member State if the application will not be finished before the withdrawal date.
  • On-going applications: the UK may still have a role, but the advice to business operators is to monitor the timeline carefully and choose another Member State if the application will not be filed before the withdrawal date.
  • It is not mandatory for applicants for authorisations for PPPs and authorisation holders to be established in the European Union.
  • It is not mandatory for applicants for approval of active substances and applicants for MRLs to be established in the European Union.
  • The manufacturing site(s) of active substances can take place in third countries. However, after the withdrawal date the substance will be imported from a third country and will be subject to any applicable EU law in this respect.

Read more about it:


IBMA are delighted to announce the three finalist products for the 2017 Bernard Blum Award.

  • CBC Europe for the product TREMOS, a digital electronic system used to disrupt location and mating of leafhopper species.
  • Certis USA for the product LifeGard®, a systemic acquired resistance product based upon Bacillus mycoides isolate J with efficacy against range of diseases in potatoes, sugarbeets, tomatoes, vines, and other crops.
  • Koppert Biological Systems for the product Ulti-Mite Swirski, a biocontrol system that delivers predatory mites in an industrial compostable foil sachet that creates better protection against adverse climatic conditions, therefore extending the length of control possible.

IBMA will award a trophy, interview and product placement in New Ag International and 2BMonthly publications, as well as complementary registration for ABIM 2018 and these shortlisted finalists will have a poster to display their innovations at ABIM 2017 taking place in Basel 23-25 October! The winner will be announced by Owen Jones during the ABIM opening session to be held on October 23 between 17:00 and 17:45.


IBMA Italia has its Facebook page

IBMA Italian National Group is present since a few weeks on the social network.
This is the first step of a whole new way to communicate and inform about biocontrol.

Please like their page and have a look to the main events, which took in ABIM 2015 and much more to come. 

IBMA member bio-ferm is looking for a person to fill its vacant position of Business Development Manager.

More information in the vacancy notice below

            “Feeding Europe while reducing 
                    pesticide dependency“.
                    19th November 2015

The 4th edition of the Symposium, co-organized by Euro Coop, Greenpeace, IBMA, IOBC-WPRS and PAN Europe, will take place on the 19th November in Brussels.

Please register for this event here or via email to
Please note that the registration is mandatory to enter the EU Parliament (Brussels) if you don't have an accreditation badge via your job.

If you wish to know more, read the program

Experts will share their experience on the growing demand and market for non-chemical tools as alternatives to pesticides in pest management. Farmers, scientists, industry, NGOs and co-operative retailers will present insights and ways forward to significantly reduce pesticide dependency.

This year the symposium will also address the economic opportunities that reducing pesticide dependency provides, as well as present concrete and promising changes to move from intensive apple production to sustainable apple growing.

Participants will, in addition, discuss the progress and limitations of Member States’ implementation of the EU Directive on Sustainable Use of Pesticides (SUPD; EC/128/2009)

IBMA Biocontrol Survey Report

IBMA commissioned a Market Survey in conjunction with BPIA in 2016 using Phillips McDougall a third party market survey specialist in a black box approach with members to maintain the highest level of confidentiality of data supplied by companies under a confidentiality clause. The data covered the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The survey clearly shows we have a growing business, all sectors are growing at double digit growth rates. The European market is diverse and the sales of biocontrol products reflect the diversity of our membership and the promoted goal of IPM using a multitude of different tools.

Read the Report

This article on ABIM 2017 was published in New Ag International (English version). It will also be published in the New Ag International Spanish and Chinese versions later in Nov-Dec 2017

BPIA Upcoming events in 2016

Two events are already planned by our sister organisation BPIA in March 2016 in Monterrey, California USA.

- 1st and 2nd March: International Biocontrol Industry Symposium
This Symposium is only for Biocontrol Association Members like IBMA ones.

- 3rd and 4th March: BioControl USA 2016 Conference and Expo
This will be one of main occasion in 2016 for biocontrol experts to gather together and communicate towards all the actors and people interested in our inderstry.

More information about BPIA related events will come soon on IBMA website.

4th Symposium “Feeding Europe while reducing pesticide dependency” - Presentations

Hosted by: Pavel Poc, Member of the European Parliament

Welcome by Michael Hamell, Professor of Agriculture, University College Dublin (chair and moderator) and Pavel Poc, Member of the European Parliament

Speakers' biographies

Pesticide policies, testimonies from EU and national institutions

Sustainability and innovation a business perspective

Sustainable use of pesticides as a growth model for Europe

Towards sustainable apple growing – Current reality and farmers’ success stories

Implementation of the Sustainable Use Directive

Conclusion by Michael Hamell

IBMA Member Bio-ferm looks for an International Product Registration 

As a start-up company of a group of companies with worldwide activities, Bio-ferm is specialized in the development and production of novel, innovative and intelligent plant protection products. 
Their aim is to ensure healthy plants in a healthy environment for highest food safety and simultaneously ensure economic efficiency for fruit producers.
To further secure this trend of rapid expansion they would like to fill the following position in Tulln, Austria: 

International Product Registration

Your responsibilities     

  • International registration of microbial plant protection products 
  • Preparation of registration documents (reports, dossiers) for plant protection product
  • Communication with authorities

 Our requirements

  • Academic background in Agriculture, Microbiology or similar
  • Accurate and precise mode of operation
  • Ability to work under time pressure
  • Good communication skills and team player
  • Excellent competence in English language

Our offer

We offer an international, dynamic environment within a fast growing enterprise. We are very open-minded. Your market-compliant compensation will be above collective bargaining agreement, depending on your skills and experience.

You are interested in joining the team? Apply online today:

Technopark 1B
3430 Tulln, Österreich
Tel.: +43 2272 66089 60

IBMA/PAN Europe Press release Sustainable
use of pesticides: one year delay in publishing European Commission report

26 November 2015 – The European Commission has taken a full one year delay in
submitting a report to the Parliament and the Council on increased use of alternatives
for pest and disease control. Let us hope that this does not reflect an overall low
ambition of Europe to reduce the risk to human health and the environment through
implementation of sustainable use of pesticides.

The Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) foresees that the European Commission submits a
report to the Parliament and the Council informing on Member States’ quantitative objectives,
targets, measures and timetables for implementation in a move from pesticide dependant pest
management to sustainable integrated pest management by 26 November 2014 (1). It is now
26 November 2015 a full year on and the report has still not been published.

Several analyses undertaken by PAN Europe have shown that Member States’ ambition to
reduce reliance on pesticide use is low, especially in the agricultural sector (2).

The Food and Veterinary Office, the EU body controlling the implementation of the SUD in
Member States, confirms this conclusion. The two audits undertaken in 2015, in Austria and
Italy (See 1.), both conclude that ‘There is no system to verify that all professional users implement
the general principles of IPM as required by Article 14 of Directive 2009/128/EC’. This is a
serious delay as this was meant to be applied as from January 2014.

PAN Europe and IBMA have a long tradition on working on the SUD, including for the last 4
years jointly organising an SUD symposium aiming at showing why serious implementation
is needed (4). PAN Europe and IBMA call on the European Commission to take a proactive
approach to ensure a solid implementation of the SUD in the near future,
Wyn Grant, professor from the University of Warwick, who addressed this year’s SUD
symposium says: “The progress being made is disappointing and a new impetus is needed”.
To that Henriette Christensen PAN Europe adds: “the European Commission is the watcher of
the EU legislation if they do not dare to reinforce EU regulation on pesticides, what is it all

This doubt is also questioned by IBMA, with David Cary stating “Innovative solutions need
innovative regulation but it has to be enacted and enforced!” and Willem Ravensberg
continuing “IPM is proven to be working in many cropping systems, what is keeping broader
adoption from occurring?”

1. In 2015 FVO published the following audit reports concerning marketing and use of pesticides:

(1) According to article 4 of Directive 128/2009/EC establishing a framework for Community
action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides
(2) - 2013 - Reducing pesticide use
across the EU.pdf

(4) This symposium was organised jointly by International Biocontrol Manufacturer
Association (IBMA), International Organisation for Biocontrol (IOBC) EuroCoop,
Pesticide Action Network Europe and Greenpeace, all presentations and the conclusions
are available at:

CBC Europe have won the Bernard Blum Award 2017 for the product TREMOS, a digital electronic system used to disrupt location and mating of leafhopper species.

Syngenta is looking for a Global Regulatory Manager New Technologies.

Please find below their job offer based in Basel, Switzerland.
This is a permanent position in the Crop Protection division.

In this role you will:

• Develop global regulatory strategy for portfolio of designated active ingredients and globally supported products that allow regions and countries to operate within the mutually agreed strategy. The portfolio consists of biological pesticides, growth regulators, compounds and products for abiotic stress management.
• Provide high quality regulatory documents and deliver associated support and advice, including framework submission documents, strategy documents and issues documents etc. for all designated active ingredients in order to provide a safe, self-service framework to countries
• Deliver foresight, evaluation and thorough analysis of current regulatory issues and future threats critical to the assigned active ingredients and products
• Provide regulatory expertise, advice and advocacy skills to business partners (Product Managers, Technical Managers, Global Supply Chain managers) for the allocated Syngenta portfolio to ensure that issues, challenges and opportunities are progressed and addressed in a timely manner
• Lead teams within Global Regulatory and Product Safety to ensure appropriate work plans are developed and implemented, and results are appropriately evaluated and integrated as required to support regulatory submissions and approvals worldwide
• Plan and initiate studies deriving from data call-ins and new data requirements to ensure registerability of the active ingredients in line with the business plan, and leads the associated governance processes
• Identify competitor products and track competitor databases, issues and development strategies for designated active ingredients, and use this knowledge to identify opportunities and promote optimal positioning of Syngenta products in the portfolio.


• Degree in Science and preferably post-graduate qualification (MSc or PhD)
• Detailed knowledge of worldwide product registration requirements and regulatory science issues on biological products and chemicals in agriculture. Preferably an in-depth knowledge in a practical registration or product safety or chemistry discipline such as toxicology, ecotoxicology or e-fate, etc.
• Good understanding of agribusiness
• Experience in Product Registration and/or Product Safety, or other relevant product development area, preferably related to agrochemicals. Experience with biological products is beneficial
• Results orientation and project management skills
• Analytical and strategic thinking
• Ability to work within and contribute to cross-functional teams
• Proven ability to deal with complex regulatory issues, and develop effective strategies for managing them
• Fluency in English and preferably having skills in other languages

Online application

Read more here

International Fresenius BIOCONTROL Conference: Biopesticides – Biofertilisers – Biostimulants in Mainz, Germany

The conference will focus on regulatory issues, on issues relating to human health and on environmental risk assessment of biopesticides. It will especially offer information to those, who are dealing with the complex topic of microbial pesticides. 

The organizers are currently in the process of compiling their conference programme in close cooperation with experts specialised on biocontrol, microbial pesticides, ecotoxicology, risk assessment and regulatory issues. 

All the latest information and the registration form are available online:
- Sign up quickly to take advantage of our 10% early bird discount offer which applies until 20 April 2018. Simply enter the following discount code 22FB06AM70 when booking.-

The updated French biocontrol plant protection products list was published in the Official Bulletin of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food on 18 October 2017. These products include secondary authorisations and import in parallel trade. Please see the attachment for further details.

ABIM, 23 October - 25 October 2017

Basel, Switzerland

ABIM is the premier global meeting for the biocontrol industry and is internationally recognised as the global platform for the industry to network, discover and unveil new products, market opportunities and research areas. But as well as promoting biocontrol and networking it is the platform to liaise with and inform policy makers and regulators of the specific needs of our unique growth industry.

For IBMA Members, in order to take advantage of the special reduced rate, only available until the 15th July, please contact Isabelle Pinzauti Babrzyński.

For any logistics question, please contact Anne Merz, ABIM Conference Secretary.


After a long period of activity Vittorio Veronelli has resigned from his position in IBMA Global. He and his company have been a member since 1998 and Vittorio has been active in various committees since 2004. In 2007 he became Joint-President in the Triumvirate, our “Board” during these years. After changes to the statutes the Triumvirate no longer existed and Vittorio then continued as Vice President from 2012-2017.

Vittorio has spent countless hours working for IBMA, made many trips, hosted, attended and presented at numerous meetings. His commitment to and input in IBMA has always been very valuable and we owe him a great deal of gratitude for so many years of service. Therefore IBMA decided to recognize his long lasting and outstanding services with an Honorary Membership. Willem Ravensberg presented Vittorio with a token of our appreciation and gratitude at the AGM at ABIM. Thank you so much Vittorio!



Members Directory 2018

The closing date for approving your company’s entry for the IBMA Members Directory 2018 is fast approaching. Please remember to update your entries by Tuesday 14th November 2017. New member companies (since September 2018) will be contacted during the week to confirm their entries. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Britta

REFIT procedure for Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 - Questionnaire for IBMA members

As you already know - through emails sent by our Professional Group Heads at the end of May - IBMA decided to invite members to report on their experience with the implementation of the PPP Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and, where of interest, with Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, to highlight shortcomings, areas of improvement and anything you consider is working well.

Please remember to answer by the 30th of June.

To download the questionnaire - you need to be logged in the members’ only section-

ABIM 2017, the registration remains open with an early bird fee available until the 15th July only

As you know, this year ABIM will take place between the 23rd and 25th October in Basel.

For IBMA Members, in order to take advantage of the special reduced rate, only available until the 15th July, please contact Isabelle Pinzauti Babrzyński.

For any logistics question, please contact Anne Merz, ABIM Conference Secretary.

Register for the most important biocontrol industry event of the year.


Response required by 11th January 2017

In early 2017 AHDB will launch a call for SCEPTRE+. The aim of the project is to deliver applied research on high priority disease, pest and weed problems in fresh produce and ornamental crops (Horticulture) in order to support approval of products and devise and develop IPM programmes.

Benefits to being involved and co-funding the project
  • Access to Minor Crops trials
  • Data generated to ORETO standards
  • Early information on new actives and their potential in horticultural crops
  • Access to efficacy and crop selectivity data to support on label and minor use authorisations across the central  EU zone
  • Majority funding from AHDB
  • Prioritised access to trials depending upon financial contributions
  • Ability to steer the development programme in line with horticultural priorities.

The previous SCEPTRE project was the final Horticulture link project and worked with the industry and growers and carried out a total of 137 field, greenhouse and cold-store experiments to determine plant protection treatment efficacy and/or crop safety.  Trials were conducted on 38 priority crop protection problems between October 2010 and March 2015.  Additional trials in 2011 examined herbicide residues in field vegetable crops.  The proportion of experiments by sector was field vegetables 53%, soft fruit 23%, protected edibles 17% and top fruit 7%; the proportion of experiments by target was: diseases 36%, pests 39% and weeds 25%.
92 conventional synthetic plant protection products and 67 biopesticides were evaluated.

Proposal for SCEPTRE+

In SCEPTRE+ we propose to carry out a number of trials based on priority areas identified by growers and also from the Gap analysis that was conducted for Horticulture in 2015/16.
These trials will be conducted following ORETO guidelines looking at new or novel active ingredients, or products that are used elsewhere in Agriculture that may have potential benefits to growers of horticultural crops.  Best practise approaches and also improving pesticide application may be areas that are also included as well as looking at other innovative technologies for use in Crop Protection.  There is potential to use model crops depending on the situation and crop groupings, as well as looking at programmes and feeding in to IPM approaches.  As with SCEPTRE the results should help to give growers improved Crop Protection measures including helping to provide information for EAMUs or on label approvals.  Knowledge Exchange and KnowledgeTransfer will be a key part of the project disseminating results and improvements out to growers and the industry.
This project will cover all horticulture crops both edible and non-edible across the 6 panels (Field Vegetables, Soft Fruit, Top Fruit, Protected Edibles and Mushrooms, Hardy Nursery Stock and Protected Ornamentals, bulbs and outdoor flowers).  All panel priority documents have crop protection as their highest priority and all levy payers are impacted to a certain degree.  Therefore this project should give benefit to all horticultural growers.
It is proposed the project will run for 4 years.  Year 1 will be planned to allow trials to be conducted in 2017.  Flexibility will be built in to allow changes from year 2 onwards depending on the outcome of results from year 1, allowing for any emergency situations that arise or inclusion of new products as and when they become available for testing.
As with SCEPTRE product inclusion from Manufacturers is welcome and will be coded if necessary for confidentiality.  These can be products under development or those that are already registered but may have benefit in Horticulture.  Product types can be conventional pesticides, Biopesticides, Biostimulants, Biologicals or other physical methods of control.  However, we will only be including products intended for registration as a plant protection product or products that have been confirmed as exempt from registration. This will give you the benefit of accessing minor crops.
The project will include a consortium of contractors and planning is currently underway with a workshop for potential contractors in late December.  After this workshop the call will be launched with applications to be submitted by the End February.


The anticipated investment from AHDB in SCEPTRE+ will be in the region of £1.4 million.  In the previous SCEPTRE project financial and in kind contributions were requested from a number of different Agrochemical / Biopesticide companies.  We are again looking for contributions to the project and propose an amount of £7,500 per year per company (Total £30K).  We are also looking for in kind contributions to the project to help with scoping / planning work and to also review results from each year.    
Initially we are looking to hear from you if there is interest from your organisation to be involved/included in the project and if a financial or in kind contribution would be possible.  I am sure you may have many more questions and am very happy to answer them.  Please see my details below.  We are requesting responses by 11th January.

Joe Martin, AHDB Crop Protection Senior Scientist looks forward to hearing from you., 02476 478629, 07813 532603 



IBMA and Copa- Cogeca Workshop: Key meeting on Regulatory Policy on Bacillus cereus and the Risk of a Future Without Microbial Pesticides in Europe

The purpose of the workshop held on 28 March in Brussels was to inform about this important topic, demonstrate the safety of products and provide an open dialogue on this essential issue. It was in attendance of the key food companies, food labs, biocontrol manufacturers, grower organizations, Commission and member state representatives as well as experts from Academia.

Read the conclusions and find all the presentations on our website

Submit your abstract for a SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in May 2018 - Developments in the ecological and human health risk assessment of biopesticides: microorganisms, semiochemicals and botanicals

Elizabeth Collison (TSGE Consulting) and Jacobijn van Etten (Ctgb) are chairing a session at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in May 2018. The session will focus on “Developments in the ecological and human health risk assessment of biopesticides: microorganisms, semiochemicals and botanicals”. See the session description here (Session 4.5):

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT here by 29 November

Find the full list of sessions here 

XV Meeting of the IOBC-WPRS of the Working Group Biological and integrated control of plant pathogens on Biocontrol products: From lab testing to product development

Following the last IOBC-WPRS meeting of the Working Group “Biological and integrated control of plant pathogens” in Berlin in September 2016, IOBC will organize a meeting in Lleida (Catalonia). The Institute of Agriculture and Food Research and Technology  (IRTA), a research institute from Catalan government, will be the local organizer together with the University of Lleida. The workshop will be held at the “Centre de Cultures i Cooperació transfronterera” Auditorium of the University of Lleida that is equipped with all necessary facilities. The meeting venue is located in the new campus of the University of Lleida near the river and at walking distance to the city centre and to most hotels.

Lleida is a middle size city, very well connected to Barcelona airport and located in a privileged setting, at an hour distance to the Pyrenees and Mediterranean coast. Is the centre of a fertile agricultural area and it is considered the most important fruit producer area of Catalonia.

The theme of the workshop will be: “Biocontrol products: From lab testing to product development”. All contributions relating to biocontrol of plant diseases are welcome, but priority to oral presentations will be given to research on the main necessary aspects to bring biological products from the lab to the field. This meeting will provide an important opportunity to present your last works on this theme, to share ideas and to discuss common issues.

For more information

Biocontrol and Biopesticide Associations Form International Federation

WASHINGTON – February 2, 2016 – BioProtection Global (BPG) is the new name that has been adopted by the Federation of the world's leading Biocontrol and Biopesticide Associations, established in fall 2014. The new name was approved and Board members were elected at the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. The objective of BPG is to achieve international harmonization for regulation of biological pest control solutions and to be the central contact for governmental and non-governmental stakeholders worldwide related to biocontrol and biopesticides.

BPG’s founding members, the Associscao Brasileira das Empresas de Controle Biologica (ABCBio), the Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers (ANBP), the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA), the International Biocontrol Manufacturers (IBMA), and the South African Bioproducts Organisation (SABO), elected Dr. Willem J. Ravensberg as BPG’s 2016 President. Dr. Ravensberg of Koppert Biological Systems currently serves as President of IBMA. 

At the same time, Andre Fox, of Madumbi Sustainable Agriculture, and chair of SABO, was elected Immediate Past President and Rick Melnick, of Valent BioSciences Corporation and current Chair of the BPIA, was elected Vice President of BPG for 2016.

“The key to achieving international harmonization is having a global body representing our industry and speaking with one voice to government policy makers and regulators all over the planet,” said Ravensberg. “The biocontrol and biopesticides industries are rapidly growing because of demands from consumers everywhere, and there needs to be consistent regulation in all parts of the world to allow our member companies to satisfy these demands.” 

The BPG will be meeting on March 2nd in Monterey, California during the 2016 International Biocontrol Industry Symposium immediately preceding the BioControls USA 2016 Conference and Expo.


Website addresses of BPG members:


Keith Jones
Phone: 202.570.1411


The European Parliament ENVI Committee votes to speed up low-risk products registration.

The European Parliament ENVI Committee votes to speed up low-risk products registration.

Some important activities in the European Parliament occurred in week 5.

It was in the pipeline that the European Parliament ENVI Committee (Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) would vote on a motion co-sponsored by 8 MEPs representing all groups across the political spectrum .

This vote took place in the morning session on Tuesday 31st January. Several Amendments were voted on and individually adopted or rejected.

Importantly, for the biocontrol industry, an amendment, calling for adaptation to be done outside the upcoming REFIT exercise with a timeline of 2 years on delivering an amendment/s enabling low-risk PPPs to enter the market quickly, was adopted.

Votes were subsequently cast for the now amended motion and approved by 59 votes to 1 in favour of the motion.

The next step is an Oral Question to the Commissioner Andriukaitis and discussion in a plenary session of parliament that will take place most probably during the week of the 13th February. Commissioner Andriukaitis is in charge of  DG Sante, the directorate mandated  to cover regulation of PPPs. 


IBMA and Copa-Cogeca Workshop: Key meeting on Regulatory Policy on Bacillus cereus and the Risk of a Future Without Microbial Pesticides in Europe.

IBMA, in collaboration with Copa-Cogeca, the European Farmers and European agri-cooperatives association,  organized on the 28th March, a one-day workshop to explore the implications of Bacillus cereus relating to the recent EFSA opinion on the safety microbial pesticides.

The purpose of the workshop was to inform about this important topic, demonstrate the safety of products and provide an open dialogue on this essential issue.

It was in attendance of the key food companies, food labs, biocontrol manufacturers, grower organizations, and member state representatives.

Key Presentation Topics
For Protecting Sustainability and Productivity
• The Evolution of Food Production: The Relevance of
Bacillus species to Agriculture and IPM
• The Evolution of Food Safety: the Crossroads Between
Epidemiology and BioProtection
• The Evolution of Food Diagnostics: Science-based
Solutions Today and Into the Future

The workshop will also include dynamic discussion on:
• The EFSA opinion on the Safety of Bt in Foodstuffs
• The path forward for Regulation & the EU Commission
• Challenges and Solutions in For Food Testing

For more details, read the programme and discover the presentations as well as the Conclusions.

The European Parliament voted by an overwhelming  majority in favour of the Motion for a Resolution on low-risk pesticides of biological origin.

On 15 February 2017, the European Parliament adopted the Motion for a Resolution on faster access to the European market for biological low-risk pesticides during its plenary session in Strasbourg.

The Parliament responded to the needs and requirements of both European citizens and farmers while ensuring that innovative enterprises, as IBMA members, producing low-risk pesticides, can bring their innovative products in a timely manner to the market. The European Parliament calls on Commissioner for Health Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis to submit a specific legislative proposal amending Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 by enabling a fast-track evaluation, approval and authorisation process for low-risk pesticides of biological origin before the end of 2018.

IBMA President Dr Willem Ravensberg: "After decades of very lengthy registrations procedures the European Parliament has practically unanimously supported us in our proposal for a accelerated registration process."

IBMA is grateful to the 8 Co-Sponsors of the Resolution and notably to Messrs Poc (S&D), Dorfmann (PPE), Staes (Greens/EFA) and Ms Ries (ALDE).

We hope the Commission will execute the Resolution soon. 


After the draft Resolution text was first adopted in the ENVI Committee on 31 January 2017 with an overwhelming 59-1 vote, the plenary session confirmed this large support as well.

In fact, during the European Parliament Oral Question to Commissioner Health Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis - on 13 February - 22 MEPs took part in the debate: 21 MEPs supported the Resolution and 1 MEP was against.

Two days later, the European Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority in favour of the Resolution. The European Commission cannot receive a clearer signal of the only directly democratically elected institution of the European Union. COPA and COGECA and IBMA and indeed all consumers in the European Union can thus be confident that the Commission will adapt Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 within 2 years.


5th Annual Eastern Europe Regulatory Conference: Registration of Plant Protection Products

In association with the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, the 5th Eastern Europe Regulatory Conference returns once again on the 11th and 12th April, focusing on the registration of plant protection products, specifically aimed at supporting SMEs.

The 5th Eastern Europe Regulatory Conference will yet again attract both industry professionals and representatives from across Europe. It is sure to offer an interesting and stimulating event full of networking opportunities.

The conference aims to help SMEs from Eastern EU to get a better insight of the EU procedures and at the same time help Western EU companies to better understand the local specifics of the regions. It is an attempt to form a bridge across the European Union. In addition to practical advice for industry on product authorisations, the theme of the event will also cover more general topics such as emergency and minor uses, practical experience with Article 43 and an update from the Commission on the active substance renewal programme.

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Bacillus thuringiensis, essential biocontrol product, is given greenlight for safety by two world leading microbiologists.

In defence of Bacillus thuringiensis, the safest and most successful microbial insecticide available to humanity – a response to EFSA - Abstract:

The Bacillus cereus group contains vertebrate pathogens such as Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus cereus and the invertebrate pathogen Bacillus thuringiensis. Microbial biopesticides based on B. thuringiensis (Bt) are widely recognized as being among the safest and least environmentally damaging insecticidal products available. Nevertheless, a recent food poisoning incident prompted a European Food Safety Authority review which argued that B. thuringiensisposes a health risk equivalent to B. cereus, a causative agent of diarrhoea. However, a critical examination of available data, and this latest incident, provide no solid evidence that B. thuringiensis causes diarrhoea. Although relatively high levels of B. cereus-like spores can occur in foods, genotyping demonstrates that these are predominantly naturally-occurring strains rather than biopesticides. Moreover, MLST genotyping of > 2000 isolates show that biopesticide genotypes have never been isolated from any clinical infection. MLST data demonstrate that Bacillus cereus group is heterogeneous and formed of distinct clades with substantial differences in biology, ecology and host association. The group posing the greatest risk (the anthracis clade) is distantly related to the clade containing all biopesticides. These recent data support the long-held view that B. thuringiensis, and especially the strains used in Bt biopesticides, are very safe for humans.

Read the article

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Workshop on Plant Protection Products – Biopesticides 

Ctgb is pleased to invite you for the workshop on Plant Protection Products – Biopesticides– on Thursday September 21st and 28th and October 12th 2017 at the Ctgb, in Ede, The Netherlands.

Ctgb experts will provide the new Biopesticides Evaluation Manual and guide you through the dossier requirements for substances and products based on micro-organisms, botanicals and pheromones.

Please note that if the number of participants is not sufficient to  fill up both workshops, only the workshop of September 21st, 2017 will take place (both days have the same programme).

The workshop will be held in English. For more details, the workshop programme is enclosed.

 To benefit most from the workshop, expert knowledge on biopesticides is recommended. The workshop is designed for  regulatory affairs managers, regulatory affairs specialists and consultants.

The workshop will begin at 10.00(registration opens at 9.30). For each topic, there will be adequate time allotted for discussion.

The afternoon will end with a networking reception.

The fee for this workshop is € 450,- per participant. If you would like to participate, please fill out the enclosed registration form and return it by August 10, 2017. Please note that attendance is limited to a maximum of 25 participants per workshop.

Soon, you can already consult the Evaluation Manual on the Ctgb website.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Mrs. Jiske de Wolf by telephone at +31 (0)317 471840 or by email at

FUTURE IPM IN EUROPE - 15-20 October 2017, PalaCongressi Riva del Garda – Italy

Bringing together communities dealing with different IPM aspects to share scientific, technological and regulatory information to build future IPM strategies.

The main objective is to promote knowledge exchange among scientists, companies, advisors, farmers, policy makers and stakeholders, to identify approaches, tools and techniques to meet the future needs of crop protection.
Future IPM 3.0 will offer the most advanced scientific and technical knowledge for advisors and growers, a unique opportunity for companies to present their innovation in IPM and to see the most recent scientific advances to further improve their products’ portfolio. The conference will be also a stimulating arena for scientists to present their most advanced discoveries.

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REMINDER – ABIM 2017 Early bird fee and Bernard Blum Award Call for Nomination deadline

We would like to kindly remind you that the deadline, for both of them, is the 15th July. Read more on our website:

ABIM 2017 Early Bird Fee for IBMA Members

Bernard Blum Award Call for Nomination

Ambassadors plea for fast registration biological control products in Colombia


GFIA Europe, 9th and 10th May, Utrecht, The Netherlands

This year, IBMA decided to participate to the world's largest dedicated expo of sustainable agriculture solutions.

Please come to visit us on IBMA stand and discover among other conferences, IBMA Executive Director David Cary’s presentation on How do we efficiently move from traditional crop protection to an integrated biological platform? as well as his Tedx Talk on What is the overall potential? What are the latest developments and implications with biologicals approaches?

When GFIA was launched in 2014 at the invitation of the Abu Dhabi government, it leveraged partnerships with 40 powerful organisations including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank, that wanted a platform to show the world how technology gives us the only real chance of feeding nine billion people without destroying the environment.

Now an internationally acclaimed annual event in Abu Dhabi, GFIA is the world's largest showcase of sustainable agriculture innovations. It is not only a forum for stakeholders to discuss policy, strategy and solutions for a food secure future, but hosts a large exhibition where suppliers can meet thousands of farmers and procurement managers right along the value chain.

The GFIA team that delivered the largest agriculture event in the Middle East in 2016 will be bringing GFIA Europe to the Netherlands for the first time from 9–10 May 2017.

Read more and participate

Published FAO/WHO Guidelines:
Registration of Microbial, Botanical and Semiochemical Pest Control Agents for Plant Protection and Public Health uses

The Guidelines on the registration of Microbial, Botanical and Semiochemical Pest Control Agents for Plant Protection and Public Health uses have been officially published.

These guidelines serve to provide further guidance on the implementation of specific aspects of the Code of Conduct and are aimed at governments, pesticide industry and other stakeholders. They are developed by the FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Management (JMPM).

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DCM looks for a Registration & Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Company Details

DCM, located in Grobbendonk, develops and produces organic fertilisers and soil improvers. Together with an additional product range of potting soils, groundcover materials, grass seeds, pond products and technical materials, these fertilisers and soil improvers are distributed to the professional horticultural sector and to the amateur gardener through garden centres. DCM has offices in the Netherlands, France and Germany and exports its products all over the world. In Belgium, DCM has developed into a market leader in organic fertilisers. DCM’s official language is Dutch.

Job description

You manage and develop the derogations for organic fertilisers, soil improvers and growing media, as well as the authorisations and notifications of plant protection products and biocides, from concept to dossier submission and defence with the relevant authorities. These registration dossiers are prepared in interdisciplinary collaboration with your colleagues of the Compliance, Sales, R&D and Purchasing departments. In addition, you are responsible for the initiation and coordination of various subprojects that are needed to complete our registration dossiers. Furthermore, you optimize your expertise with regard to the registration legislation, at national (regional and federal) as well as on European and global level.


You hold a Master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering (Agricultural Science, Land and Water Management,Land and Forest Management, Biotechnology,…). Experience in the field of registrations and legislation of plant protection products, organic fertilisers, soil improvers, growing media and/or biocides, is a big plus. You are fluent in written and spoken Dutch, English and French, knowledge of other languages is an asset. You are a good teamplayer who is also perfectly capable of working independently. Furthermore, you have excellent communication skills, you are flexible and besides the daily practice you also keep a sharp focus on long-term goals. You are also someone who likes to get his/her teeth into dossiers and who sees the legislation as an ally. In addition, your working methods are accurate, methodical, highly analytical and problem-solving.


As Registration & Regulatory Affairs Specialist you will join an ambitious international group where enthusiasm,open communication and loyalty are important values. You get the chance to grow with the organization and this position is your unique opportunity to develop your skills internally and externally in order to become anauthority in the sector. Moreover, DCM offers you an attractive salary, in line with your experience and responsibilities. This position is your unique opportunity to develop your skills internally and externally in order to become an authority in the sector. Moreover, DCM offers you an attractive salary, in line with your experience and responsibilities.

To apply

The Standing Committee on plants, animals, food and feed voted unanimously the low-risk criteria.

IBMA welcome after a long period of consultation criteria for low-risk active substances for use in plant protection products. Recognition of differences between conventional PPPs and biological PPPs have been recognised in the criteria. The importance of representative products and uses is stressed as in order to benefit from any current or future incentives for PPPs containing low-risk active substances such uses must have been assessed in a risk envelope before low-risk status is granted.

The proposed revised LR criteria (SANTE 12376/2015 = Draft implementing measure/act D046260/02) voted in the Standing Committee PAFF on 22 & 23 March can now be accessed via the Comitology Register / EU Monitor.

Please note that the texts are still going through the European Commission political procedures and under scrutiny of the European Parliament (deadline on the 20th July)

Direct link to core text
Direct link to annex





Ctgb Evaluation Manual Biopesticides

The Evaluation Manual Biopesticides describes in detail the data requirements and risk assessment for biopesticides. 

Especially for botanicals and semiochemicals (like pheromones) this manual should be read in conjunction with the EU legislation, the Evaluation Manual EU part and national elements, which is dealing with the conventional (chemical) plant protection products, i.e. part A of the data requirements.

There are separate European guides for plant extracts and semiochemicals. Microorganisms (including viruses) have specific data requirements. The Evaluation manual Biopesticides is supplementary to existing guides.

Read the manual on Ctgb website

CroProPol - A New Joint Study/Working Group (WG) for IOBC and ICPPR - Using Managed Pollinators to Disseminate Biological Control Agents & Natural Products for Crop Protection and Pollination

The aim of CroProPol is to bring interested parties together to develop concepts and to conduct Research and Development in using managed pollinators and other flower visitors to disseminate biological control agents and, perhaps, other products, such as botanicals and medicaments, to crops for the suppression of insect pests and crop diseases while simultaneously improving yields and crop quality through pollination.

CroProPol will also help the exchange of ideas for testing and developing using control agents that are disseminated by managed pollinators into their nests for suppression of their own pests and diseases. The potential that predators, parasitoids, and macroparasites may also disseminate microbial biological control agents against pests and diseases of crops will also be explored.

All the information concerning this new working group are available in IOBC Newsletter - pg 2 -


14th IOBC-MRQA Workshop- Mass Rearing High Quality Invertebrates for Multiple Purposes, Mérida, Mexico 14-17 November, 2017

The workshop objective is to explore opportunities for advancing the rearing of high quality entomophagous and phytophagous insects and mites, entomopathogenic nematodes, and other invertebrates for plant and animal pest management, human and animal food, and a variety of other uses. 

The program will consist of symposia on current “Hot topics,” with invited and submitted oral presentations, and posters on the selected aspects of arthropod rearing as they relate to production and quality control. Only a limited number of speaking slots will be available for submitted talks and selection will be made by the organizing committee based on the topic and novelty of the talk. Presentations will serve as a basis for discussion and exchange, with the final aim of improving collaboration among scientists and practitioners. The program also will include an organized excursion.

Read more and register

4th Annual Eastern Europe Regulatory Conference: Registration of Plant Protection Products

On the 12th and 13th April, the 4th Annual Eastern Europe Regulatory Conference: Registration of Plant Protection Products will take place in Budapest, Hungary.

If you would like to read the program and get more practical information please go here.

Call Announcement 2nd call ERA-net C-IPM

The ERA-Net C-IPM, consists of a network of 32 partners from 21 European countries.
The 2nd joint transnational call of this network opened for collaborative research projects on Thursday 31th March 2016, with a total budget of approx. 7.3 Million €.

C-IPM stands for “Coordinated Integrated Pest Management in Europe”.
As an ERA-Net, it intends to foster cooperation between national research- activities to ensure a higher level of implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) among European farmers - by creating synergies from national investments in research and extension, from Europe initiatives, and from private sectors activities in the areas on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and minor uses.

C-IPM considers IPM as a continuously improving process in which innovative solutions are integrated and locally adapted as they emerge and contribute to reducing reliance on pesticides in agriculture thereby promoting sustainable agriculture.

IPM is therefore a continuum, ranging from optimization of pesticide use within ‘current’ crop protection systems, to substitution via the adoption of nonchemical strategies, and to a redesign of production systems obtained by acting for example on varieties, crop rotations and landscapes.
Member States of the European Union are currently facing major difficulties in the area of crop protection in relation to the production of minor or special crops and more in particular with ‘minor uses’. This not only relates to fruit and vegetables crops, but also to tobacco, ornamental plants, herbs and spices as well as to tropical crops grown in Europe.

The challenge for C-IPM here is to address the reduced pesticide availability both for the long and the short term with the combination and diversification of control methods, as well as extrapolation initiatives when not already undertaken by EPPO or the European task force on minor uses.

The pre-proposals, for the collaborative research projects, should be sent before the 1st June 2016 (15.00 CET).

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Workshop on Dissemination of the Prakas on Imposing Usage of Sample Documents for Commercial Biological Control Agents (BCA)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the GIZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, through the ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems project would like to invite you to participate in their workshop on Dissemination of the Prakas No. 526 on Imposing Usage of Sample Documents for Commercial Biological Control Agents (BCA).

The main objectives of this event are to:

  • Raise awareness on registration form as key element to make BCA official available in Cambodia
  • Share and discuss the experiences, activities, and lessons learned by BCA application

Date & Time: Thursday, 21 December 2017: 08:00AM – 12:00 AM
Venue:Tonle Bassac Restaurant ll : Building, No. 534, Preahmonivong Blvd, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkamon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Behind Bayon Hospital). 

Read the concept note and the programme

If you would like to participate, please contact, by 18th December, Mr. Samorn Channa,, 092289485.

Save the date: The Organic Farmers Fair (TOFF) to be held in June 2018

In June 2018 TOFF, The Organic Farmers Fair, opens its doors for the first time! TOFF will be the new international meeting place with 3 days of knowledge and innovation sharing about organic farming.

TOFF is part of the international horticulture trade show GreenTech and represents a great opportunity for suppliers in seeds and seedlings, fertilizers, composting technology, biological pest control, weed control systems, GPS systems, soil cultivation, greenhouse horticulture, research and advice.

The founding fathers of this co-hosted event are: IFOAM, FiBL, Bejo, Delphy, DCM, Steketee and Koppert Biological Systems. Wageningen UR is a supporting knowledge partner.

For more information, visit

Low Risk criteria published on 7th August 2017

Following final approval by the European Parliament the new criteria for Low Risk active substances is now definite and will go into force 20 days following this publication. 

The Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1432 amending Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market as regards the criteria for the approval of low-risk active substances. You can view the list here.

Horizon 2020 project EMPHASIS - survey

EMPHASIS (Effective management of pests and harmful alien species - integrated solutions)  -

This is a general survey of stakeholders that are potentially affected by the technologies developed by this project.

The aim of the survey is to understand and investigate further the current needs of end users; in particular, in terms of the key pest threats, solutions applied to address them and likely shortcomings.

This survey is addressed primarily to professional organisations in the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors, public authorities, and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. public green /landscape managers) and relevant NGOs. 

The questionnaire for this survey can be completed, by 20 May 2016, here.

Please note that the results of this survey will feed into the preparations to launch a workshop in Brussels on 1st June, in the framework of Green Week 2016. 

Bernard Blum Award 2017 for Novel Biocontrol Solutions

IBMA is very proud to announce a unique opportunity to call for nominations from the industry for novel biocontrol solutions that will make an impact on this rapidly growing market.

IBMA will award a trophy, interview and product placement in New Ag International and 2BMonthly publications, as well as complementary registration for ABIM 2018 and the 3 shortlisted finalists will have a poster to display their innovations at ABIM 2017, the premier global biocontrol industry event.

It is expected that the winning entry will have a high impact in management of pests or diseases whilst having a low impact on human health and the environment.

As with our winning entry from Vestaron in 2015 and Agrauxine Le Saffre in 2016, there will be a permanent linking of the winner and their contribution to our industry with our founding father Bernard Blum whom the award and trophy is dedicated to again in this 22nd anniversary of the formation of IBMA as an association.

Nominations for this prestigious new award should be provided to Isabelle Pinzauti Babrzyński prior to 15th July 2017. Please fill in the form attached.

This award will go to the product judged to be the novel biocontrol product with the most potential impact.

Applicants should complete the application form to describe the product and its impact.  
The judges will be looking for innovative products with the benefits mentioned.
The target(s) should be described as well as the method of application.
The product should be effective and acceptable to users and distributors. It can be for any crop or also for use outside agriculture.
We are looking for products that perform in the field, not just in the laboratory.

Updated French list of 392 authorised biocontrol products 

This updated list of biocontrol products was published in the Official Bulletin of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food on 3rd August 2017. 392 biocontrol products are listed in the official bulletin which you can find here.

These products include secondary authorisations and import in parallel trade. The next update of the list is expected in the autumn with a revision scheduled for March 2018. The French authorities intend updating the list at least every six months and/or when significant changes are necessary. The listed products are exempt of a number of measures the French authorities have set up for conventional pesticides, like tax rules, reduction of use targets, etc.

Biocontrol Africa will take place in Kenya 19th-20th March 2018

This is the first Africa-wide Biocontrol Industry meeting organised by NewAg International and 2BMonthly in conjunction with IBMA and local organisers. Registration will open on 5th September. 

Topics covered at Biocontrol Africa will include biological control, speciality plant nutrition, irrigation and fertigation, greenhouse technology, precision agriculture, biostimulants and biofertilizers. The conferences will feature speakers from academic, government and industry circles, whose aim will be to promote products and technologies which fit African conditions. Presenters will speak about the currently available solutions, as well as sustainable and precise agriculture.

You can find further information here.

New Ag International, 2BMonthly, IBMA and ABCBio join forces to organise Biocontrol LATAM 2016 Conference & Exhibition - the largest international event to cover biocontrol in Latin America.

Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th November 2016
Venue: Royal Palm Plaza Hotel, Campinas, São Paulo, Brasil

The 3 day meeting will feature selected presentations on key current Biocontrol topics delivered by world renowned speakers/organisations.

Conference papers will contribute to our understanding of the role and use of biocontrol solutions in agriculture, including:

  • Global Biocontrol Market
  • Market for Biocontrol in LATAM
  • Main trends in the LATAM industry
  • Biocontrol Regulatory in LATAM
  • The US legislation, an example to follow?
  • Biocontrol as a business – adoption by growers and distributors
  • Biocontrol and biostimulants: going together in LATAM?
  • Biologicals Production and Formulation
  • Emerging technologies in microbials, natural extracts and semiochemicals

With pleasure we announce the following speakers who will feature in the conference programme:

Mark Jackson, PhD, USDA  (USA)
Edson Valencia, PhD, Global Development Manager,Gowan/Ecoflora Agro ( Colombia)
Gustavo Herrman, Director,Koppert (Brazil)
Danilo Pedrazzoli, Director,Koppert (Brazil)
David Cary, Executive Director, IBMA ( Belgium)
Willem Ravensberg, PhD, President, IBMA ( Netherlands)
Ralf-Udo Ehlers, PhD, Managing Director, E-nema ( Germany)


The conference programme is designed with several networking functions - your opportunity to meet suppliers, advisers, researches, investors and/or customers and to strengthen existing relations.

Face-to-face communication forges productive relationships with key people. Over time, these contacts can become powerful advocates that open up opportunities and actively support and promote your business.

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IBMA, IOBC and PAN Europe are pleased to inform you that their 5th SUD Symposium: Unlocking the IPM triangle -  Using Green tools 1st  will take place in the European Parliament, Brussels on Tuesday 7th February 2017 from 15.00 to 18.00.

We will welcome you from 14.15 to have a coffee and starting the discussion on IPM, supporting a large tool box for farmers, offering them all the possible alternatives from agronomic practices to chemicals as a last resort, not forgetting about biological control methods and monitoring produced by IBMA producers.

This year symposium will focus on the solutions for grapes and vineyards. 

Discover the programme! 

And read the Conclusions.

In addition, the presentations are available:

Sole responsibility for the presentations content lies with the authors and speakers. Their views are not necessarily shared by the co-organizers.

Bernard Blum Award Winner

Winner of Bernard Blum Award 2017 is CBC Europe for the product TREMOS, a digital electronic system used to disrupt location and mating of leafhopper species. More information to follow.

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The programme of top LATAM and international speakers

The 3 day meeting will feature selected presentations on key current Biocontrol topics delivered by world renowned speakers/organisations.

Conference papers will contribute to our understanding of the role and use of biocontrol solutions in agriculture, including:

Global Biocontrol Market
Market for Biocontrol in LATAM
Main trends in the LATAM industry
Biocontrol Regulatory in LATAM
The US legislation, an example to follow?
Biocontrol as a business – adoption by growers and distributors
Biocontrol and biostimulants: going together in LATAM?
Biologicals Production and Formulation
Emerging technologies in microbials, natural extracts and semiochemicals

Biocontrol LATAM 2016 builds on the successful Biocontrol ASIA 2015 meeting held in New Delhi in March, attended by over 100 companies from more than 30 countries.

Provisional Schedule

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Picture on the right: Introduction by Ambassador of the Netherlands in Colombia, Mr. Jeroen Roodenburg.

 With a clear message, the Belgium and Dutch ambassadors in Colombia introduced an important meeting for Biobest and Koppert Colombia in Bogotá. “Take the opportunity that biological control brings. It is very interesting economically, and let´s not forget the health of the environment, the growers and the consumers,” argued Dutch ambassador Jeroen Roodenburg.

 On the 22nd of March, an event focussing on biological pollination and control was organised by the embassies together with IBMA, Koppert Colombia and Biobest Colombia. The informative so-called ´breakfast meeting´ was meant to reunite biological control companies, local authorities and crop-organisations. The main question was: what tools are available to enhance the development of biological control and pollination in Colombia? There was a lot of interest, around 50 attendees came from all different parts of the country to join the meeting.

 After the introduction of the ambassadors - both pleaded for an accurate, but fast registration of biological control and pollination products - several interesting presentations followed. Johannette Klapwijk from Koppert BV and Lieselot Van der Veken from Biobest NV explained the role of IBMA (International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association). “This fast-growing global organisation informs authorities and consumers about the advantages of biological control. IBMA sees it as a priority to share this knowledge,” explained Johannette. Lieselot underlined the importance of pollinators and natural enemies in Colombian agriculture, to develop more quality and sustainability.

 Regulations The organisers were especially happy with the presence of governmental organisations such as ICA and ANLA. Both authorities are deeply involved in the registration process of biological control products. Many companies experience problems with the inflexible regulations introduced by the government and implemented by these organisations. With the meeting, all parties hoped to build a bridge between the companies needs and the governmental rules.

 Thanks to the Q&A-round, many issues came across. Some of the attendees wanted to share their positive experiences, others mentioned their concerns of the use of biological control. Besides, different employees of governmental authorities replied to several questions, regarding the registration of products. With joining their forces, IBMA, Koppert and Biobest hope for a quick solution to the stagnation in the registration process of biological control and pollination products.

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Picture: IBMA panel during Q&A: Johannette Klapwijk, Cristobal Fabrega (Koppert BV) , Lieselot Van der Veken (Biobest NV) and Benjamin Breman (Koppert BV)

Article from New Ag International 

And some additional information below:

The Congress Palace of Montjuic in Barcelona will host, from 11th to 12 March 2015, the celebration of SMARTFRUIT IPM INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
This year, IBMA Spain will be participating in the workshop, being the main focus, MRL's.
In the round table discussion will be present Carlos Palomar from AEPLA, Enric Bonet representing AEFA and Estefanía Hinarejos as IBMA Spain Director.
SmartFruit IPM International Congress is a joint initiative of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Natural Environment of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Prodeca (agrifood exports promoters) and productive services and phytosanitary services, created with the aim of increase the value of fruit production. The cardinal objective of SmartFruit IPM International Congress is to be a reference for all producers of stone and pome fruit, citrus, vines and olives, consultants and marketers, and service companies throughout the production and supply chain with the clear intention of sharing experiences and research results applied to manage pests and diseases in these fruit crops, taking into account the economic, environmental and final product quality. Forum Fruita is a business event with the participation of Catalan fruit producers and exporters as well as with importers and distributors from China, India, South Korea, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico.

The aim is to create a platform where the interests of all parties can come together to generate business flows. Forum Fruita is held simultaneously with the second edition ofSmartFruit IPM International Congress, focused on integrated pest management in fruit crops.
You can also check SmartFruit IPM International Congress program on:
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 620, pral.
Tel. +34 93 552 48 20

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