Macrobials Professional Group


Producers of beneficial insects, mites and entomopathogenic nematodes

Main topics:

  • Promote IBCA’s as sustainable solutions for crop protection in a wide range of crop
  • Promote reasonable and harmonized regulation of IBCA’s
  • Provide input to the EC on regulations relevant to IBCA’s
  • Address scientific issues together with experts to anticipate future regulation
  • Support national groups on IBCA regulation and other issues
Steering group:


Sandro Frati, Biobest, sandro.frati(AT)

Caroline Reid, Bioline Agrosciences, creid(AT) 



Johanette Klapwijk, jklapwijk(AT)


Patrick Frettinger, Patrick.frettinger(AT)

Michaela Stolz, michaela.stolz(AT)

Enric Vila, evila(AT)

 ABIM 2019 - IBCA PG update at 2019 AGM

Position paper on the interpretation of ‘native’ in invertebrate biocontrol agent regulations

IBMA member companies produce a broad range of solutions for the biological control of pests and diseases. These products provide economically competitive alternatives to the use of Plant Protection Products, and as such generate considerable ecological benefits. As an ecologically responsible industry it is obviously vital to us that our products have low environmental impact. For this reason, IBMA has engaged early-on with academic experts in the field of biocontrol to pro-actively develop stringent guidelines for ecological impact assessment of non-native species. These guidelines were published as EPPO standards PM 6/1(1) First import of exotic biological control agents for research under contained conditions and PM 6/2(2) Import and release of non-indigenous biological control agents. Our industry has complied with these standards to warrant the ecological safety of our natural pest control solutions. We only produce and market natural species, using material for our rearing as it has been collected from nature. Our industry has an excellent record in providing environmentally benign and acceptable solutions for crop protection. By providing alternatives for registered plant protection products, important ecological benefits have been realized.

Ambassadors plea for fast registration biological control products in Colombia

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.

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

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