SBI presents SSC technology at the European Evaluator’s meeting held by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)

The European evaluators and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) acknowledge SBI’s achievement and contribute suggestions

Following SBI’s presentation of its SSC technology at the meeting of the European evaluators and EPPO on 3 October 2012 at AGES in Vienna, the participants discussed the benefits and possible outcomes of the new SSC technology.

The European evaluators’ feedback concluded that the SSC technology features the following:

    • a more scientific approach than the simplistic EPPO climatic zones
    • a basis for considering the appropriateness of trials from elsewhere
    • a comparison of conditions during the period of active growth and PPP application
    • a more robust basis for considering the extent to which trials from member states or regions are interchangeable
    • a high level of detail useful in deepening an understanding of the variability of conditions found within a specific zone and in Europe
    • a standardized description of the trial sites

The European evaluators suggest the following for future consideration:

    • the differences within and between the member states need to be covered
    • this approach should not be misused for reductions in the overall level of testing
    • the conditions in a given trial should be related to the averaged conditions reported in the SSC
    • the importance of ensuring that PPP are tested under a range of conditions
    • the criteria for comparability should be based on an expert appraisal considering the interrelation of all relevant site-specific parameters
    • SSC is one component in determining the relevance of the trials. Agronomic practices and pest biology, for instance, are also important.

All aspects considered, the evaluators appreciated the potential offered by applying the SSC technology to their daily work and using SSC as a valuable supplement to the registration documents. They will continue discussions with SBI on how the technology should be further developed in accordance with their needs. The participants are employed by the national registration authorities in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, Slovenia, the Netherlands and the UK.