EBIC’s position paper on “How can the European Union Encourage Innovation in Microbial Biostimulants?” outlines the framework conditions that policymakers need to provide if they want to foster innovation in microbial biostimulants. The paper points out the institutional bias towards the chemistry-based economy and explains which measures need to be adapted to bio-based products.
In essence, we argue for appropriate, fit-for-purpose, policies that are capable of adapting to the particularities of products containing microorganisms, as well as the need to avoid certain policy instruments (i.e. positive lists) which risk shutting off the innovation pipeline for these emerging new technologies.
This position paper is supplemented by our position paper concerning: “Precise characterisation of component strains is an essential step for placing safe and effective microbial biostimulants on the market“.