Ce and Sds brand fertilizers and biostimulants… let’s get this straight

The July 16, 2022 entered into force on Regulation 2019/1009 which tried to give a fixed point to the regulatory framework fertilizers at the European level they also introduce special rules regarding biostimulants.

Although more than a year has passed since its entry into force, there are still many operators in the industry interpretative doubts. For this reason ImageLine® AND SILC fertilizers dedicated third edition OF Agora fertilizers precisely on this topic and invite experts to clarify any doubts.

A working day that took place on Last October 6 on Bolognahe saw the first part devoted to legislation and the second where the option was given participants and during sponsoring companies (Anadiag, Bioagricert, IBM Italy, Spa Selene, Laboratory of water and life) to the network.

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Fertilizers, an increasingly regulated industry

As he recalled Ivan ValmoriCEO of Image Line® and CEO of the company AgroNews®The fertilizer industry is an increasingly regulated and controlled industry. And increasingly under close supervisionpublic opinion, some of whom fear that agricultural practices harm human health and the environment. For this reason it is necessary to be increasingly professional AND adopt all these toolsincluding digital ones to prove that you are doing everything in accordance with the law.

He thought about the classification of fertilizers according to the new EU regulation Mariano Alessio Vernivice president of the company SILC fertilizers, a consultancy operating in the crop nutrition sector. Three of Alessio Vernì’s colleagues explored specific topics in depth: Stefania Lombardiregulatory specialist, Giorgio Alessio Verni AND Roberta Pucci, regulatory agronomist. While the more strictly legal part was handled by Fr Giovanna Landi law offices Landilex.

It is possible to extrapolate some of the morning’s work fixed pointsamong which:

  • Anyone who produces a CE-marked fertilizer must draw up a compliance document and cannot delegate this obligation to third parties (e.g. suppliers).
  • indesignation only ingredients containing more than 5% by weight must appear, but the conformity assessment procedure must cover 100% of the formulation.
  • PUSH Safety Data Sheet (Sds) must be provided throughout the supply chain and must be drawn up in the official language of the country in which they operate.
  • The safety data sheet must be supplied contextually to the product and must be available all subjects who handle the product itself (workers, forklift drivers, transporters, retailers, farmers, etc.).
  • Legislation is constantly evolving and all documents relating to products on the market must be updated as legislation changes.

The first part was devoted to legislation and the second where participants and sponsoring companies were given the opportunity to network

Within the framework of the day, the first part was devoted to legislation and the second, where participants and sponsoring companies were given the opportunity to network

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Biostimulants, a growing sector

The Regulation 1009/2019 it is also taking action in the biostimulant industry, which was in limbo until last July. As the technicians who spoke at Agorà Fertilizzanti explained, “a plant biostimulant is a fertilizer productEU with function stimulate nutritional processes plants, regardless of their nutrient content, with a single purpose improve one or more of the following Properties plant or its rhizosphere:

  • Nutrient use efficiency.
  • Availability of nutrients contained in the soil or rhizosphere.
  • Tolerance to abiotic stresses (heat, cold, salinity, etc.).
  • Qualitative characteristics (size, degree of brix, color, etc.)’.

Novelty introduced by the new regulation is the fact that some were listed for biostimulants “Claim” possible (investigated effects), which the manufacturer can only list on the label after carrying out field evaluations (defined Technical Specifications) to test its effectiveness on certain crop classes.

In addition to the topic of biostimulants, that of inhibitorsdefined as “EU fertilizer products with an improvement function release mode nutrients in a product that provide nutrients to plants by slowing down or blocking the activity of specific groups of microorganisms or enzymes’..

Again, anyone intending to market an inhibitor must test its effectiveness according to the instructions given in the technical annexes of the regulation.

Safety Data Sheets, a document not to be taken lightly

As with agrochemicals, fertilizers must also be accompanied by a Safety Data Sheet (Sds), which contains all the information necessary for those who handle the products to act consciously, correctly and quickly intervene in the event of problems.

The BL must be attached to the product throughout the supply chainfrom first suppliers to distribution and retail. An aspect of no less importance given that Ministry of Health his task is watch on compliance with these rules.

In this situation comes a rare help SDS OnDemand®a digital tool that allows manufacturers and distributors to manage communication safety data sheets and follow legal obligationsas well as to monitor DELIVERIES ONLY throughout the value chain.

A tool that, as Valmori explained in the afternoon’s networking session, allows you to do just that avoid disputes AND finesas well as production more aware entities in the supply chain of the substances they handle.

Agora Fertilizers, a moment to take stock

The afternoon of October 6 was dedicated to the presentation of the sponsoring companies and networking among the participants. The first to speak was a representative of Bioagricert, a certification body specialized in organic, but also active in other fields, such as Global Gap. From the stage, the opportunity to certify technical means (biostimulants, corroborants, fertilizers, etc.) in order to achieve greater market recognition and better address regulatory differences at the time of export.

Water & Life Lab, on the other hand, is a chemical analysis laboratory that has illustrated its offer to the benefit of fertilizer companies that, with the entry into force of the new EU regulation, must increasingly subject their products to analytical analyses according to the Technical Specifications.

OF packaging speak Selene, a company active in the production of bags and packaging for the fertilizer sector. A company that wanted to underline how it doesn’t just make products polyethylene packaging with 100% recyclable virgin polymers, but also by being active in recycling and in the production of “second life” packaging.

Anadiag Test Center instead illustrated i services which offers companies a profile experimental. For marketing CE-marked biostimulantsIn fact, it is necessary to subject the compounds to some Experimental tests (always according to technical specifications) and Anadiag (which collaborates with SILC) has the know-how and structures to accompany fertilizer producers on this journey.

Finally, Ibma, the association that brings together manufacturers of biological control agents, illustrated its goals on which it is focused spread knowledge of these vehicles on the market.

Agorà Fertilizzanti was an opportunity to evaluate the sector

Agorà Fertilizzanti was an opportunity to evaluate the sector

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