In the Asian Pacific region, rapid urbanization accompanied by a steady decline in arable land and rural work force, has resulted in increasing reliance on agrochemicals and biotechnology for sustainable agricultural productivity. There is now a need for updated approaches to risk-based regulations which reflect the current trend for a globally harmonized approach.
The objectives of the proposal are to:
- Identify key areas of regional needs in approaches to safety assessment and risk-based regulation.
- Facilitate discussions among scientists regarding developments in the latest research on crop protection chemistry.
- Develop recommendations for educational training programs.
In many areas of the Asian Pacific region, the population is increasingly moving into urban areas and thus agriculture is relying more and more on agrochemicals and biochemical techniques to maintain and increase sustainable agricultural production. Concurrently, there has been a growing need for the regional development and adoption of new approaches with regard to product quality, safety evaluation and risk-based regulations in the region. Several international organizations (e.g., OECD, FAO and Codex) and scientific societies such as IUPAC and ACS have been actively involved in providing recommendations and the establishment of harmonized regulatory standards in these areas. These efforts include the scientific outcomes of the recently completed and ongoing IUPAC projects e.g. in the area of environmental risk assessment.
The IUPAC Sub-Committee on Crop Protection Chemistry has organized several successful regional workshops and this proposal is based on a conference/workshop which will be held in Beijing in September 2012. This will bring together the regional stakeholders in crop protection chemistry from the academic, industrial and regulatory communities. Co-sponsorship for this activity has already been arranged with China Agricultural University, Beijing Pesticide Society, Pesticide Science Society of Japan, and the Agrochemicals Division of the American Chemical Society. Additional sponsorships will be sought from China Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environmental Protection, CropLife China, CropLife Asia and agrochemical companies. The workshop will include presentations, posters, panel discussions and time for networking. In addition there will be a â€œhands-onâ€ element which will be based on the ongoing IUPAC project â€œGlobal Framework for Implementing Consistent Ecological Risk Assessment of Pesticides for Sustainable Agricultureâ€ which will be part sponsored by the Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences. New recommendations related to training and educational programs will be thought out via the project working team, augmented with additional experts identified after the workshop.
A conference report titled “Plant Protection Chemistry in China and the Asian Pacific Region” is published in Chem. Int., Sep-Oct 2013, p. 27; https://dx.doi.org/10.1515/ci-2013-0522
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