Industry urges stronger regulatory framework between U.S., EU

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CropLife America (CLA) and the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) called for a more harmonized risk assessment framework for pesticide regulations during the fourth round of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The comments follow the submission of a joint proposal on U.S. - EU regulatory cooperation that CLA and ECPA sent to Assistant United States Trade Representative Daniel Mullaney and Director of DG Trade for the European Commission Ignacio Garcia Bercero on March 7, 2014.

During a TTIP stakeholder session on March 12, CLA’s senior advisor of trade, intellectual property and strategic issues, Doug Nelson, outlined the proposal and four key areas for collaboration within TTIP: sectoral negotiations on agricultural chemicals in order to analyze current divergences between U.S. and EU regulatory systems; utilizing risk assessment as the basis for a regulatory framework; harmonization regarding Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs); and protection of intellectual property.

The proposal emphasized the need for a science-based risk assessment framework for pesticide regulations in alignment with the principles established by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS). Both the U.S. and EU are signatories to the WTO Agreement.

“CLA and ECPA strongly support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the potential the agreement has to boost agricultural innovation as well as job and economic growth on a global scale,” Nelson said. “The U.S. and EU have the most highly developed pesticide regulatory systems in the world; establishing a stronger, unified regulatory system will ensure the highest levels of consumer and environmental protection while promoting international trade, creating jobs and enhancing social and economic viability.”

In November 2013, CLA released a report detailing the potential economic impacts of EU regulations on crop protection products, “Potential Trade Effects on U.S. Agricultural Exports of European Union Regulations on Endocrine Disruptors,” prepared by DTB Associates, LLP. The report estimated that, if implemented, the proposed policies for endocrine disruptors under EU Regulation 1107/2009 could block more than $4 billion, or 40 percent, of U.S. agricultural exports to the EU in addition to exports of crop protection active ingredients, and imperil TTIP.

To download CLA and ECPA’s “Proposal on U.S.-EU Regulatory Cooperation,” click here.

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Steve Savage    
Encinitas, CA  |  March, 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

If Europe was not a major competitor with the developing world for foods/feeds they could continue to self- limit their productivity as part of their own prerogative (although I'd hate to be a farmer there). However, since they are a huge net importer of foods, their decisions are unethical because they seek to project hazard-based regulation onto the rest of the world as well.

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