EBIC responds to comments that arose during the ENVI and AGRI Committee debates on Monday 27 February 2017 — New position paper available on the boundary between biostimulants and plant protection
Biostimulants and plant protection products sometimes have common ingredients, despite their unique functions. However, it is important to distinguish between the ingredients themselves and the final products which may contain these ingredients. Those differences justify that biostimulants are regulated differently than plant protection products in order to encourage innovation and prevent boundary creep as plant protection products contain ever more common substances.
EBIC calls these ingredients that may appear in different types of products “Parallel-status components. It is essential that the regulatory pathway is determined by the product and its function and NOT the presence of a specific ingredient in isolation.
Currently, some national authorities are treating any product that contains ingredients that have been approved for use in plant protection as plant protection products regardless of their actual function. This situation has forced at least one company to withdraw a biostimulant product from the market for containing citric acid, known to most people as lemon juice! Learn more about Parallel Status Components and the boundary between biostimulants and plant protection.