Semiochemicals Professional Group





Cristina Alfaro -
Suterra Europe Biocontrol S.L., General Manager
Based in Valencia, Spain




Alessandra Moccia -
Suterra Europe Biocontrol S.L., Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager
Based in Valencia, Spain
+34 610 194 434

Furthermore, the group has a Steering Committee formed by:

  • Andrea Iodice and Bent Iversen, both CBC
  • Raquel Calaf and Lidia Roura, both SEDQ
  • Reinhard Kirstger, BASF
  • Izzy Heller and Lacey Jenson, Bedoukian

Latest News

IV Jornadas Internacionales de Feromonas, Almería, 2018
Alessandra Moccia
Regulatory framework for the registration of semiochemicalbased PPPs in the EU

2017 Activities Summary

The semiochemical professional group gathers manufacturers of semiochemical active substances and producers of plant protection products based on such active substances.

The term semiochemicals includes all the substances or mixtures of substances emitted by plants, animals, and other organisms that evoke a behavioural or physiological response in individuals of the same species (i.e. pheromones) or in individual of another species (i.e. allelochemicals).

Some of the most important steps forward in the EU regulatory framework for semiochemicals have been the finalisation of the ‘EU Guidance Document on Semiochemical Active Substances and Plant Protection Products’ (SANTE/12815/2014 rev. 5.2), which finally became applicable to all application submitted from 1 January 2017 onwards, and the publication of EPPO Standard PP 1/296 ‘Principles of efficacy evaluation for low-risk plant protection products’, which allows extrapolation among crops for semiochemical plant protection products.

Other key activities in 2017 focused around the following topics:

  • Semiochemical as low risk active substances

Participation to the commenting phase for the Implementing Act on Low Risk Criteria and status of Semiochemical as low risk active substances (resulting in Regulation (EU) 2017/1432 of 07.08.17). Participation to the OECD Biopesticide Seminar on “Niche Uses of Highly Specific Biocontrol Products".

  • Regulatory scope of monitoring, mass trapping and mating disruption

Participation to the REFIT survey process and definition of the objectives for the preparation of a position paper. Further activities will follow in 2017.

Main activities for 2018 will focus consistently on two areas: legitimate specific semiochemical uses to be recognised as low-risk based on mode of application and exposure, and assess the fitness of Reg. 1107/2009 for semiochemical with the context of the REFIT process.