The first meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for Evaluation of Pesticides Products and Active Ingredients of the Coordinating Group of Pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean (CGPC) was held in Paramaribo, Suriname from January 27 – 29, 2020.

Regional officials of the TWG gathered at the headquarters of the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) to consider and evaluate pesticide product applications for registration. This is being done under the FAO Project GCP/SLC/204/GFF via a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA). Over the next 9 months, the TWG will meet to evaluate at least 6 pesticide product registration application dossiers using the FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit and make recommendations to their national pesticides’ regulatory authorities.

Members present at the first meeting of the TWG were:
• Ms Juliet Goldsmith – Plant Health Specialist – CAHFSA
• Dr Quincy Edwards – Analytical and Environmental Chemist – St Kitts and Nevis
• Ms Bhavina Pooran – Pesticide Inspector – Pesticide and Toxic Chemicals Control Board – Guyana
• Mr Simeon Collins – CEO – CAHFSA
• Dr Gavin Peters – Animal Health Specialist – CAHFSA
• Ms Shemiem Modiwirijo – Senior Analyst, Residue Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Suriname
• Ms Jolanda Verwey – Senior Researcher, Pesticide Division - Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Suriname
• Ms Carmen van Dijk – Chairperson – Coordinating Group of Pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean (CGPC) and Acting Head, Pesticide Division – Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Suriname
• Mr Evyan Amatmoekrim – Junior Researcher, Pesticide Division – Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Suriname

This initiative came about as a direct follow up to two regional training workshops conducted in the Caribbean on the FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit in February 2017 and February 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago. As a result, 41 persons from 15 Caribbean countries benefitted from the training. Also in February 2017, the CGPC benefitted from a “FAO Workshop on the Development of Harmonized Systems for Pesticides Registration, Control and Information Sharing”.

IPPC contracting parties, RPPOs and CPM observers will have the opportunity to share their success stories or to propose solutions to their challenges on issues that would be of interest to the IPPC Phytosanitary Community during the CPM-15 (2020) related to the implementation of the IPPC, ISPMs, CPM Recommendations and the IPPC Strategic Framework.

Read more: https://www.ippc.int/en/calls/call-for-proposals-on-the-successes-and-challenges-of-implementation-of-the-convention/

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat is soliciting Nominations for regional representative and experts to be members (and replacement members) of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC).

 

Read more: https://www.ippc.int/en/calls/call-for-implementation-and-capacity-development-committee-ic-members/

2 December 2019, Rome – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) for 2020, which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

 

Read more: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1253551/icode/