Organisation and implementation of training activities on the Risk assessment of microorganisms used as pesticides and biocides under the Better Training For Safer Food Academy.

Objectives

The objective of the training is to support development of expertise as regards the risk assessment methodologies for microorganisms to be used in biocidal and plant protection products. This shall also enhance competences in evaluating dossier admissibility/validity and risk assessment, and will also aim to promote, as much as possible, harmonisation of the procedures of evaluation, and authorisation of such microorganisms within the EU.

Target audience

The training targets participants from the competents authorities of EU member states, Candidate Countries, EFTA/EEA Countries and potential candidate countries.

Calendar and locations


 
Session Start Date End Date Location
1 28/06/2021 02/07/2021 Online
2 04/10/202108/10/2021 Online
3 25/10/202129/10/2021 Online
4 22/11/202126/11/2021 Online
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BTSF EU Training Programme on PPP evaluation: Eco-toxicological risk assessment for the terrestrial and aquatic environment :  Learning Resources (2017 96 10).

The general objectives of this course are:

  • At the end, the trainee should have improved in his/her cognitive skills, knowledge and comprehension of the difference between hazard and risk and the general rules for the eco-toxicological risk evaluation.

BTSF EU Training Programme on Integrated Pest Management (SUD) Learning Resources – S16 (2017 96 13).

Pathogens, weeds, and invertebrates cause significant cultivated plants losses worldwide. Plant protection is necessary to protect our crops. It makes its value and benefit evident for agriculture and forestry, as well as for horticulture, particularly by reducing yield losses and securing the quality of crops. It also provides a substantial overall benefit to society: contributes to securing business farms' incomes in agriculture, forestry and horticulture, and thus also to the securing of employment in rural areas. It is an important factor in enhancing the efficiency of crop production on open land and in securing the harmlessness of these products in terms of health.

Background information

The general objective of BTSF is to ensure a high level of consumer protection at the EU market and provide guarantees of the food from non-EU countries.

In order to achieve this objective BTSF programme is designed predominantly to train staff of competent authorities of the EU Member States involved in official control activities, offering an adequate network and enhance dialogue between trainees coming from different locations within EU and with trainees from outside the European Union, contributing to exchange experiences and raise the level of knowledge in the technical field covered.

In addition, training on inspection and calibration of pesticide application equipment aims at promoting uniformity of inspection procedures, ensure an adequate use of the technology, and establish professional networking among participants.

Training activities on inspection and calibration of plant protection product application equipment in professional use have been arranged in compliance with the provisions of Directive 2009/128/EC under the Better Training for Safer Food initiative. Six three-day courses will be organized in 2019 and 2020 at the selected locations to train 120 official representatives of the EU MS and Candidate Countries.

Objectives

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme on Pesticide application equipment are:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of EU regulations concerning inspection and calibration of pesticides application equipment (Sustainable Use Directive, Machine Directive, ISO standards for inspection of PAEs, ISO standards for new sprayer’s requirements, etc.).
  • Ensure a complete and better understanding on the field of inspections and calibrations of PAEs.
  • Provide main guidelines and clear procedures on important aspects of calibration and maintenance of PAEs.
  • Promote uniformity and harmonization of inspection procedures along MS of UE and networking among participants.
  • Demonstrate the benefits (technical, economic and environmental) of the inspection procedure together with a proper calibration method.
  • Ensure a harmonized, practical and suitable training process for staff in charge of the organization of inspector’s training activities in Europe.
  • Keep participants updated with the latest developments in the spray application technologies.
  • Sharing country’s experiences and knowledge.

Content

Topics included in the program are mainly focused on related with the mandatory inspection of sprayers in use in EU and also the important aspects related with calibration of the sprayers. According to the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) (128/2009/CE) as official procedure of the inspections, the situation of new ISO standards, administrative procedure, technical requirements and differences among EU members should be addressed during the three days courses. Linked to that, and also following the SUD statement concerning calibration of sprayers, aspects as nozzle selection process, determination of the optimal volume rate, drift reduction and good agricultural practices will be included. Precision agriculture has been also included as a part of the program, giving to the attendants some guidelines about the state of the art and possibilities of the use of new technologies to improve the pesticide application process. The program has been organized in a logical order combining administrative, technical and practical aspects. Workshops, discussion sessions and case studies have been selected and programmed to make more attractive and profitable the course for the attendants.

According to the mandatory topics specified in the official call published by DG SANTÉ, the following topics will be addressed during the 3-day training course (2 full days and 2 half days):

  • Introduction about EU framework legislation related to PAE.
  • PAE inspections: state of play in the EU.
  • Practical introduction about PAE.
  • Application of ISO standards for inspections.
  • Equipment for inspection of sprayers.
  • Inspection procedure and equipment for inspections.
  • Methodologies applied in MS concerning inspections.
  • Full inspection procedure following ISO 16122-1&2 (boom sprayers).
  • Full inspection procedure following ISO 16122-1&3 (orchard sprayers)
  • Full inspection procedure of alternative PAE (knapsacks, hand held…) .
  • Users level of PAE: calibration, maintenance, preparation and operation.
  • Calibration process in the field – use of new developed tools for calibration.
  • Inspection and calibration of PAE.
  • Hand held PAE and knapsacks sprayers. Specific risk and calibration.
  • Calibration tools and procedures for hand held sprayers.
  • Discussion about inspection procedure and calibration.
  • Personal protective equipment. Proper use, requirements, maintenance.
  • “TOPPS-WATER PROTECTION” – Best Management Practices.
  • Organization of inspection program. Data management. National standards applied in MS.
  • How to deal with inspection process of other PAE.
  • Inspector’s training organization.
  • Design and organization of an inspector’s training program.
  • Derogations applied in MS regarding the need of inspections of certain PAE. Risk assessment.
  • Evaluation and classification of PAE according environmental contamination.
  • STEP WATER/EOS -Sprayer technology – Protecting water.
  • New technologies for a better spray application process. Precision farming.
  • EU projects -INNOSETA, OPTIMA.
  • Drones in agriculture. Potential uses for crop care.
  • After training test – Evaluation of the attendants as a group.
  • General conclusions -Results before/after training tests.
  • Closing of the training.

Target audience

Staff of competent authorities involved in official control activities from the EU Member States, potential candidate countries and EFTA/EEA.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 26/11/2019 29/11/2019 Montpellier France
2 04/02/2020 07/02/2020 Barcelona Spain
3 05/05/2020 08/05/2020 Skierniewice Poland
4 07/07/2020 10/07/2020 Braunschweig Germany
5 20/10/2020 23/10/2020 Torino Italy
6 01/12/2020 04/12/2020 Wageningen The Netherlands

BTSF EU Training Programme on Eco-toxicological risk assessment:  Learning Resources (2017 96 10)

The general objectives of this course are:

  • At the end, the trainee should have improved in his/her cognitive skills, knowledge and comprehension of the difference between hazard and risk and the general rules for the eco-toxicological risk evaluation.

Background information

The BTSF Training Programme on PPP evaluation: Toxicological risk assessment (human heatlh) overall objectives are:

  • At the end the trainee should be improved in his/her cognitive skills, knowledge and comprehension of the difference between hazard and risk and the general rules for the risk evaluation.
  • At the end the trainee knows aspects related either to the assessment evaluation process of chemicals then the management requirements.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

    Module 1

    • General approaches to risks evaluation. Difference between hazard and risk and the risk assessment evaluation approach: effects evaluation, exposure assessment, the significance of the relationship between effects and exposure, the importance of risk characterization.
    • General approaches to defining end points and other criteria related to intrinsic characteristic of the active ingredients and the dose that could express an effect on human.
    • General approaches to defining the chemical and physical characteristic leading an understanding of the fate and behaviour of a pesticide active ingredient and the movement of a chemicals and to predict a concentration (exposure) in different environmental compartments after its distribution.
    • The differences between Point Source Contamination and Diffuse Source Contamination.

    Module 2

    • The EU legislative framework on pesticide risk evaluation and sustainability including the pesticide package, information on IPM and the different methodologies available and the link with other regulations as the WFD (the Directive 2000/60/EC).
    • An analysis and exchange on risk assessment methodologies applied at national level for the assessment of plant protection products and authorizations process will be performed.
    • Participants will be asked, after the confirmation of the course participation, to respond to a questionnaire prepared by the trainers’ staff, on this subject in order to share the data that will emerge and discuss the differences between the various approaches, and the limit of harmonization.

    Module 3

    • Human exposure evaluation and mitigation measure for different target.
    • Option to refine the modelling assumptions from conservative default parameters to more realistic conditions.
    • General approaches for Consumer risk exposure assessment, current state of knowledge and tools.
    • General approaches for occupational exposure assessment to pesticides, current state of knowledge and outlook for prevention and protection including Pesticide Protection Equipment. Evaluation of different sources of exposure and procedures for the legal and safe:
    • Storage and handling of plant protection products, the preparation of the mixture, washing of containers and equipment after treatment, disposal of wastewater and packaging, following the “on farm life circle management” and the MagPie toolbox of measure where available.
    • General approach on non-occupational exposure. As a consequence of the Sustainable Use Directive, Member States are required to develop specific measures to minimize also non-occupational exposure to pesticides others than consumer. The EFSA model and the recent Scientific Opinion of the PPR Panel on the follow-up of the findings of the External Scientific Report “Literature review of epidemiological studies linking exposure to pesticides and health effects” will be presented and discussed.
    • Pesticide label reading and label mitigation measure evaluation, safe and risk phrases.

Target audience

  • Official control activities.
  • Risk assessors.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 04/11/2019 06/11/2019 Athens Greece
2 02/03/2020 04/03/2020 Athens Greece

Background information

The BTSF EU Training Programme on PPP evaluation: Assessment of the environmental fate and behavior of plant protection products in soil, water and air overall objectives are:

  • The purpose of the program is aimed to the provision of training and knowledge on the topics required under Directive 2009/128/EC, where Member States shall ensure that all professional users and distributors have access to appropriate training systems provided by bodies designated by the competent authorities.For this reason each course is divided in three modules: the legal requirements, the safe use and environmental aspects and sustainable use of PPPs.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

    Module 1- General approaches to risks evaluation: difference between hazard and risk and the pesticide risk assessment evaluation approach, effects evaluation on non-target organism, exposure assessment, the significance of the relationship between effects and exposure, the importance of risk characterization.

    • General approaches and current state of knowledge to defining end points and other criteria related to intrinsic characteristic of the active ingredients and the dose that could express an effect on humans and non-target organism.
    • General approaches on chemical, physical characteristic that influence the fate of a chemical and current state of knowledge on multimedia fate models to define and to understand the fate and behavior of a pesticide active ingredient and to predict a concentration in soil air and water (exposure).

    Module 2- The EU legislative framework on pesticide risk evaluation and sustainability including the pesticide package, information on IPM and the different methodologies available and the link with other regulations as the WFD (the Directive 2000/60/EC).

    • An analysis and exchange on risk assessment methodologies applied at national level for the assessment of plant protection products and authorizations process will be performed.
    • Participants will be asked, after the confirmation of the course participation, to respond to a questionnaire prepared by the trainers’ staff, on this subject in order to share the data that will emerge and discuss the differences between the various approaches, and the limit of harmonization.

    Module 3 - Exposure refinement and mitigation measure applicable.

    • Option to refine the modelling assumptions from conservative default parameters to more realistic conditions.
    • The integration of models and geographical information systems (GIS) for a better calibration of the procedure and the validation of exposure prediction and risk assessment.
    • level of risk reduction degree of the principal mitigation measure applied in risk assessment to obtain safe use and the link with MAgPie evaluation.
    • Inventory of the mitigation measure in MAgPie, the evaluation of their efficacy taking into account the additional effect of more than one mitigation, the diversity of the tools developed and implemented throughout European countries, as well as the number of regulatory frameworks to which they relate or with which they may overlap.
    • An analysis and exchange on the mitigation measure applicability in different context will be developed. A case study will be presented and working group will be organized to analyse different situation in different context and culture.

Target audience

  • Official control activities.
  • Risk assessors.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 09/09/2019 13/09/2019 Mechelen Belgium

Background information

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme on PPP Evaluation: Risk assessment of efficacy of plant protection products are:

  • At the end of the Module 1 the trainees should be improved in his/her ability to evaluate realistic uses of a representative plant protection product using the available data and the principles of biological extrapolation.
  • At the end of the Module 2 the trainees should be improved in his/her knowledge on the latest EPPO standard PP1/296(1) Principles of efficacy harmonization of assessment of the potential risk of resistance development.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

    Module 1- General principles of the efficacy evaluation of plant protection products in the framework of the Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, practical guidance and discussion on the efficacy evaluation of PPPs:

    • Introduction to the efficacy evaluation of plant protection products (PPPs).
    • Regulatory framework.
    • Principles of acceptable efficacy.
    • Zonal assessment of PPPs.
    • Minor uses and biological extrapolations.

    Module 2- Harmonization among members state Principles of efficacy evaluation for low-risk plant protection products and related regulatory aspects.

    • Harmonized dose expression for the zonal evaluation of plant protection products.
    • Resistance risk analysis.
    • Biopesticides and low risk Plant Protection Products.

Target audience

  • Official control activities.
  • Risk assessors.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 03/06/2019 05/06/2019 Todi Italy
2 15/06/2020 17/06/2020 Todi Italy

Background Information

BTSF Workshop on Sustainable use of pesticides Directive (SUD) 2009/128/EC: Experiences on its current implementation and possible future perspectives.

The workshop will be dedicated to providing feedback on and discussing the implementation, application and enforcement of the SUD, also taking into account the outcome of Commission fact-finding missions and audits on the subject.

The objective of the workshops is to share the knowledge of the competent authorities of the Member States and to discuss common problems, good practices and methods for official controls relating to the workshop topic as an input to the evaluation of the SUD and impact assessment of its planned revision.

The workshop is being organised under the European Commission Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) initiative.