Speakers from the US Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA), the Standardization Administration of the P.R. China (SAC), and industry, all agreed today that Europe has been a pioneer in developing biostimulants. Furthermore, there was consensus that the EBIC definition was the reference for defining biostimulants with its focus on improving nutrient use, tolerance to abiotic stress and quality as well as general benefits for crop vigor and yield. Combined with the recent inclusion of an almost identical definition in the US Farm Bill, the convergence towards EBIC’s definition shows the influence EBIC has had in setting the international agenda for structuring the sector.
EBIC was well represented at the International Regulation & Standardization Forum on Biostimulants, hosted by the Stanley Agriculture Group Co. in Linyi, China and co-organized by the Standardization Administration of P.R. China (SAC). Kristen Sukalac (secretariat) presented “Building the European regulatory framework: 2010-present” on behalf of EBIC. Benoît Planques (Italpollina), Chair of both EBIC’s Standardization Task Force and the European Standardization Committee’s CEN/TC 455 Plant Biostimulants spoke about “European Standardization: how to support the EU regulation and the development of the plant biostimulants market” from his CEN perspective. Katja Schlink from EBIC member company Syngenta provided a producer’s perspective in “Global regulatory environment for biostimulants: key learnings and the benefits that internationally harmonized standards can offer.”
The event was opened by a warm welcome from the County Mayor of Linshu County Zhang Lei. In addition to distinguished people from the host and co-organizer, other speakers represented ISO/TC 134 “Fertilizers, soil conditioners and beneficial substances”, the Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA), the National Agro-Tech Extension and Service Center, the China Development League of Biostimulants and several Chinese producers of biostimulants.
About 150 people from across Chinese attended, representing intense interest in the subject. The co-organizers had originally intended the event to be for 100 people maximum.