CropLife America (CLA) Wedneday hosted director general Dr. Nguyen Xuan Hong and seven delegates from the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Plant Protection Division (PPD) to discuss international regulatory issues relevant to the crop protection industry. The meeting was facilitated by CLA’s international affiliate, CropLife Asia, and served as an opportunity to strengthen ties to a nation with a growing agricultural presence.

Topics discussed during the meeting focused on international trade, intellectual property rights (IPR) and principles of regulation. Delegates and CLA staff also engaged in discussions regarding Vietnam’s plans for a revised plant protection law currently under development by the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's PPD. The law will provide a legal framework for plant protection, including the use of pesticides for managing plant pests. CropLife Asia has been engaged in discussions with the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture to affirm support for science-based plant protection regulation, with data protection and recognition of intellectual property rights. The revised law is expected to be finalized prior to the end of 2013.

Michael Leggett, Ph.D., senior director of environmental policy for CLA, gave a presentation on principles of pesticide regulation in the U.S. that guide effective registration, risk assessment procedures and best use practices for crop protection products. 

“CLA places an immense value on the relationships we share with various global partners, whether they are connected to the larger CropLife network or affiliated with other organizations,” noted Jay Vroom, CLA’s president and CEO. “International trade is one of the driving forces behind agriculture’s continued growth. It is vital that we continue collaborating on a global scale on intellectual property protection and sound risk assessment processes so that crop protection tools can be made available to farmers around the world.”

The Vietnamese delegation is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agriculture Service. In addition to their meeting with CLA, the delegates are scheduled to meet with representatives from the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).