As part of a registration or re-registration process, ADAS recognise that there is a large amount of scientific evidence that is produced to demonstrate safety and efficacy of the active substance. As part of this process it can also be useful to quantify the social, economic and environmental impacts of the active substance to the farming industry to support submissions. This is not a regulatory requirement, but assessors have indicated that this type of supporting documentation can be valuable to active substance re-registration and can also be used to support product marketing.
ADAS have developed a robust methodology, called the Pesticide Impact Assessment tool to demonstrate wider socio-economic impacts of pesticide withdrawal or substitution, or potential benefit of introducing a pesticide into new markets.
Pesticide Impact Assessment tool:
- Establishes baseline in current practices in product usage in a particular market.
- Uses stakeholder consultation to assess the value of an active from the individual farm level up to industry level on a UK or European scale.
- Assesses the short and long term implications of a particular change to pesticide availability. Short term implications include yield impacts or short term changes to practices/control methods, whilst longer term implications focus on resistance management and the wider implications of a change to pesticide availability such as environmental impacts, increased time/labour costs, resistance management and changes to imports/exports and crop areas.