Under REACH, testing and safety requirements are determined by the tonnage produced. The greater quantity of tons manufactured, the more tests must be carried out.
In the draft regulation, the Commission proposes that substances used in fertilising products must meet the requirements for REACH within the 10-100 tonnage band, even if they are produced in extremely small quantities.
The costs of an increased number of tests would make small scale commercial launches prohibitively expensive and therefore hamper innovation.
Since biostimulants are applied in much smaller quantities than most other products covered by the regulation, the sector is disproportionately affected – yet it is the sector with the highest reinvestment in R&D.
Biostimulant manufacturers are committed to launching new products that are safe and healthy for the population and the environment. Normal REACH requirements are adequate to ensure safety, as demonstrated by their application today to fertilisers and co-formulants used in plant protection products.
To learn more about REACH applied to biostimulants and other related points, view this presentation