Crop Nutrition

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Crop Nutrition

Crop nutrition products include specialized and commercial fertilizers, liming materials, growing media, soil conditioners, soil/plant amendments, and biostimulants. Regulatory strategies are constantly changing and growing around the world, and our crop nutrition experts take pride in staying current on changes and new laws and regulations. In the EU, the Fertilizing Products Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 entered into force in 2019 and will fully replace the European Fertilizer Regulation (EC) 2003/2003 from July 2022 onwards. New regulations and guidelines are currently under review in the US.

We are a proud member company of the Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA) and the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) helping to promote the responsible development of safe and effective biological products including biostimulants and biofertilizers as beneficial tools for commercial agriculture, forestry, golf courses, home gardens, horticulture, ornamentals, and public health. We also work closely with other biological products companies to support registration of biostimulants.

Crop Nutrition
Crop Nutrition

Experienced Support For:

  • All Crop Nutrition Products
  • Pre & Post Submission Liaison
  • Regulatory Strategy Development
  • Registration Preparation & Submission
  • Task Force Representation & Administration
  • Literature Review

Crop Nutrition Support in North America

EPA Regulatory Affairs

  • Regulatory strategies for fertilizers and biostimulants including application for a Non-FIFRA Regulated Determiniation (M009).

State Registration Management

  • First-time registration, renewals, and fee payment support in all 50 states, District of Columbia, and US territories where licensing and/or registration is required for fertilizers, soil/plant amendments (including microbial amendments), specialty fertilizers, and other crop nutrition products.
  • State submission package preparation (applications, labels, SDSs, technical data, reports, authorization letters, product summaries).
  • Annual renewal of product licenses and tonnage reporting according to State schedules and fees.

Regulatory & Scientific Insights

  • Advice on emerging regulatory and scientific developments that may impact current and future registrations.
  • Tailored approaches to bring client products into compliance with new regulations.
  • Genetic sequencing analysis for identity of microorganisms (virus, fungi, and bacteria) to support product claims and guaranteed analysis of microbial products.
  • Support of APHIS PPQ 526 permitting of microbial organisms (virus, fungi, and bacteria).

Literature Review

  • Evaluation of public domain scientific literature and data in support of registration.
  • Evaluation of microbial products from public literature to determine possible regulatory hurdles (genus and species name changes, current research findings, and toxicity).

Crop Nutrition Support in Europe (EEA) and the UK

The approval of fertilisers and biostimulants is regulated by a combination of European and national legislation. Regulation (EC) No. 2003/2003 applies to the European Economic Area (EEA) – the 27 EU Member States, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – and mainly covers mineral fertilisers, which can be marketed EU-wide as CE-marked products. From 16 July 2022, the new Fertilising Products Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 will apply allowing a broader range of fertilisers, liming materials, growing media, soil improvers and biostimulants to be marketed across the EEA as CE-marked. National legislation will still apply covering those products not included in the new regulation, and in the UK.

 

Compliance with the new EU Fertilising Products Regulation

  • Advice regarding regulatory strategy, data gap analysis, data generation and dossier preparation to ensure compliance of fertilisers and related products including liming materials, growing media, soil improvers and biostimulants under Regulation (EU) 2019/1009.
  • Liaison with European regulatory agencies as appropriate.

Compliance with National Legislation

  • Study identification and monitoring, and dossier preparation, to meet national requirements in the European Economic Area (EEA) (EU27 plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), where necessary.
  • Compliance with UK national legislation including the Fertiliser Regulation 1991 No. 2197 as amended and Regulation 2006 No. 2468.
  • Liaison with European regulatory agencies, EEA Member State, and UK national regulatory authorities, as appropriate.

Classification & Labelling

  • Support for clients manufacturing, importing, using or distributing crop nutrition products into the European Economic Area (EEA) (EU27 plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) including review to ensure compliance with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC 1272/2008) and REACH Regulation (2006/1907/EC).

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Crop Nutrition Experts

Robin Blake

Robin Blake

Principal Consultant

United Kingdom

Crop Nutrition

Lia Murty

Senior Consultant

Texas

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Lia Murty
Senior Consultant

Expertise: Regulatory Affairs & Microbial Product Registrations

As a member of our US Regulatory Affairs team, Lia assists clients with product registration strategies, federal and state registration package preparation and submissions, as well as regulatory strategies for microbial products.

Lia has experience in various segments of laboratory testing, including natural products chemistry and microbiology. She has built a solid knowledge of laboratory operations, methodology, and experimental design. Before her time in regulatory affairs, she spent time in multiple laboratories working on projects to detect natural product compounds, develop genetically modified microorganisms, analyze microbial genetic sequences (bacteria and fungi), develop plant pathogenicity assays to test bacterial biocontrol agents, and isolate soil bacteria.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A&M University.
M.S., Pharmacy, Oregon State University. Specialized in Natural Products Chemistry.
B.S., Chemistry, Oregon State University.

Robin Blake
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Registration Dossier

Robin specialises in regulatory affairs strategy and registration dossier preparation for plant protection products, biocides, and fertilisers.

Robin  has over 20 years’ experience in the Crop Protection industry and consulting sector, having previously held various R&D leadership positions at Syngenta and Cyanamid Agriculture UK. He has a broad range of expertise encompassing laboratory and field trials for efficacy, pesticide resistance, and herbicide research, as well as terrestrial ecotoxicology where he was a Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Study Director specialising in laboratory, semi-field, and field trials on a range of non-target arthropods, earthworms, honeybees and non-target plants. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Agricultural Ecology, University of Reading.
BSc (Hons), Applied Biology, University of Bath.