Qualified recommendations for use
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Many years ago PSD established the ‘Qualified Recommendations’ scheme to facilitate the approval of minor use recommendations on product labels. From discussions at recent meetings it would appear that there is a lack of awareness within the industry about the scope of this scheme and the circumstances where an application for a ‘Qualified Recommendation’ may be made.
An application for pesticide approval is expected to include evidence to support the claims made about the efficacy of a product. However, this evidence may be difficult or uneconomic to obtain where sporadic pests or other problems are concerned or where small scale crops are involved. As a result, it has been agreed that in certain circumstances approval may be given on the basis of limited evidence of effectiveness and/or crop safety. This is the basis of a ‘Qualified Recommendation’. It should be noted that all applications for a ‘Qualified Recommendation’ must still meet the full requirements with regard to safety to the health of humans, animals, non-target plants and the environment, before any approval can be given.
Scope of the Scheme
Qualified recommendations on the basis of limited efficacy data may be considered for:
- Use on a minor crop/situation.
- Infrequent treatment of a major crop/situation.
- Use to control a sporadic pest/disease/weed/other problem.
The decision on what constitutes a ‘minor use’ rests with CRD. Potential applicants are advised to contact CRD’s Environment Branch to discuss whether or not the proposed use qualifies as ‘minor’ prior to making an application.
Further information is available on the registration of products, specifically section 3.9.4 in Chapter 8 of the Registration Handbook
Outlines of the scheme have also appeared in two All Approval Holders Letters (16/92 and 6/97). Electronic copies are not available - however hard copies may be obtained.
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