Organizations & People
and the Environment Division (VI)
Title: Crop Protection Chemistry
in Asia: Harmonized Approaches for Safety Evaluation, Regulation,
and Protection of Trade
J. Hamilton, Yi-Bing
He, Shuren Jiang,
Philip W. Lee, Jan
L. McConnell, Baruch
Rubin, Yong-Zhen Yang,
and Li Zhengming
Crop protection chemistry is at a critical juncture in Asia. Large
populations are supported by intensive agriculture, and there is
a resulting need for reliance on agrochemicals and biotechnology
for crop protection purposes. In addition to local consumption,
export of agricultural products is also a major source of income
for some countries within the region, with Japan and the U.S. being
two of the most important export destinations. The scientific study,
evaluation, and regulation of crop protection chemistry are rapidly
developing in Asia, particularly with respect to product quality,
risk assessment, and food residues. There is a growing desire on
the part of scientists, regulators, and industry leaders in the
region to consider and adopt international approaches to meet Asian
crop protection chemistry needs. Some of the impetus driving this
interest is the increased participation in world trade that has
occurred during the past decade, which has brought new challenges
to the agricultural exporting countries in the region. In the development
and adoption of new approaches for crop protection chemistry, there
is a need to consider lessons learned in other regions and to adapt
for local use the various harmonized approaches which are now available.
These include international recommendations and standards from such
international bodies as OECD, FAO, and Codex as well as the recommendations
of recently completed and ongoing IUPAC projects.
The primary objectives of this project are to:
Identify and prioritize the key regional issues
related to crop protection chemistry and potential environmental
impacts in Asia.
Facilitate exchange of information and ideas regarding
harmonized approaches available for the scientific evaluation
and regulation of crop protection chemistry.
Develop recommendations for advancement of crop
protection chemistry in Asia.
The first phase of the project will be to evaluate the current
situation and state-of-the art with respect to Objective 1. An interdisciplinary
working group, comprising experts from academia, government, and
industry, will be created to facilitate this effort. Major emphasis
will be placed on issues related to product quality, environmental
and human safety assessment, and residues in food.
The second phase of the project will be a workshop focused on Objective
2 which will be held in China during October 2007 to bring together
the diverse regional stakeholders in crop protection chemistry from
the research and regulatory communities. Co-sponsorship for this
activity has already been arranged with China Agricultural University,
Beijing Pesticide Society, and the Agrochemicals Division of the
American Chemical Society and additional sponsorships will be sought
from the China Ministry of Agriculture, CropLife China, and CropLife
Asia. The workshop will include presentations, posters, panel discussions,
and hands-on demonstrations.
The third phase of the project will be compilation of a set of
recommendations related to Objective 3 and will occur during 2008.
This will be accomplished via the project working group, augmented
with additional experts identified during the workshop. Conclusions
and recommendations will be published in both hard copy and electronic
format (web-based). It is anticipated that one or more additional
IUPAC project proposals may emerge.
This will be the 7th in a series of regional crop protection chemistry
workshop-related projects sponsored by IUPAC since 1988. For a report
and technical summary of the most recent workshop project please
see the following:
The 7th International Workshop on Crop Protection Chemistry and
Regulatory Harmonization will take place Beijing, China on 9-13
For more details, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Xiongkui He
China Agricultural University
Beijing 100094, P.R.China
Tel: +86 10 6273 1446 | Fax: +86 10 6218 0142
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