Sector

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) 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

Experienced Support For:

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

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, 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.

Literature Review

  • Evaluation of public domain scientific literature and data in support of registration.

The approval of fertilizers 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 Fertilizing Products Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 will apply allowing a broader range of fertilizers, 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 Contacts

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Jeff Wirtz

Senior Consultant

Washington State

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Robin Blake

Principal Consultant

United Kingdom

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Jeff Wirtz
Senior Consultant

Expertise: Ecotoxicology & GLP Compliance

Supports ecological risk assessments and USEPA and state registrations. Lead Quality Assurance Officer.

Jeff has over 20 years of experience in environmental toxicology and ecological risk assessment within the environmental science industry for both CSI and Parametrix. His experience includes field sample collection, data analysis, and data quality evaluation. He has prepared risk assessments and ecological reports for a variety of US and international clients examining terrestrial and aquatic effects for product and site assessments. In addition to his scientific background, Jeff has served as a Quality Assurance Officer with specialties in EPA, FDA, and OECD Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) standards and their application.

EDUCATION
MS, Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
BA, Biology and German, Grinnell College.

Robin Blake
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Registration Dossier

Robin specializes in registration dossier preparation and plant protection product, biocide, and fertiliser risk assessments.

Robin previously worked for Cyanamid Agriculture UK and Syngenta for 12 years, conducting field trial, entomology, pesticide resistance, and herbicide research. He has extensive experience as a Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Study Director in Terrestrial Ecotoxicology, specialising in laboratory, semi-field, and field trials on a range of non-target arthropods, earthworms, honeybees and non-target plants. His work often culminated in regulatory risk assessments in support of plant protection products.

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