Joint EPPO/IOBC Panel on Biological Control Agents

 

Composition (as presented to the Executive Committee in April 2018)

  EPPO   

ALANKO Aino-Maija (Ms)

Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, Helsinki (FI)

ASATUROVA Anzhela (Ms)

All-Russian Institute of biological plant protection, Russian Federation, Krasnodar city (RU)

BELOUSOV Igor (Mr)

VIZR (RU)

BENABDERRAHMANE Fatiha (Ms)

Institut National de la Protection des Végétaux, Algerie (DZ)

BOAVIDA Maria da Conceição (Ms)

Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agraria e Veterinaria (INIA, I.P.), Lisboa (PT)

COLLATZ Jana (Ms)

Institute for Sustainability Sciences Biodiversity and Environmental Management, Agroscope, Zurich (CH)

CRITCHLEY Samuel (Mr)

Syngenta Bioline, Little Clacton (GB)

DE CLERCQ Patrick (Mr)

Faculty of Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences, Gent (BE)

 EVERATT Matthew (Mr)  Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, York (GB)

GLAVENDEKIC Milka (Ms)

University of Belgrade, Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade (RS)

GOVERNATORI Gianluca (Mr)

ERSA, Regional Agency for Rural Development, Plant Health Service, Office of Pordenone, Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Pordenone (IT)

HAZIR Adalet (Ms)

Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock, Izmir Agriculture Quarantine Directorate, Izmir (TR)

HERZ Annette (Ms)

JKI, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Biological Control, Darmstadt (DE)

JAQUES Josep Anton (Mr)

Universitat Jaume I, Dept de Ciencies Agraries i del Medi Natural, Campus del Riu Sec, Castello de la Plana (ES)

 KAPRANAS Apostolos (Mr)  Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Athens (GR)
 KONTODIMAS Dimitrios (Mr)  Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Athens (GR)

LANGLET Xavier (Mr)

DRAAF-SRAL Bretagne, Rennes (FR)

LOOMANS Antoon (Mr)

Department of Entomology, National Plant Protection Organization, Wageningen (NL)

LÖVEI Gabor L. (Mr)

Dept of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Slagelse (DK)

MELIKA George (Mr)

National Food Chain Safety Office, Budapest (HU)

NAVRATILOVÁ Miloslava (Ms)

Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture, Dept of Plant Protection Products, Prague (CZ)

PRISCHEPA Lyudmila (Ms)

Laboratory of Microbiological Control of Plant Protection, Minsk (BY)

SHAMMAI Arik (Mr)

Plant Protection and Inspection Services (PPIS), Bet-Dagan (IL)

TOMALAK Marek (Mr)

Department of Biological Pest Control and Quarantine, Institute of Plant Protection, Poznan (PL)

TRDAN Stanislav (Mr)

University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Dept of Agronomy, Ljubljana (SI)

 

 

  IOBC  

ASATUROVA Anzhela (Ms)

All-Russian Institute of biological plant protection, Russian Federation, Krasnodar city (RU)

JAQUES Josep Anton (Mr)

Universitat Jaume I, Dept de Ciencies Agraries I del Medi Natural, Castello de la Plana (ES)

LOOMANS Anton (Mr)

Dept of Entomology, National Plant Protection Organization, Wageningen (NL)

MELIKA George (Mr)

National Food Chain Safety Office, Budapest (HU)

TOMALAK Marek (Mr)

Dept of Biological Pest Control, Institute of Plant Protection, National Research Institute, Poznan (PL)

 

 

Terms of Reference (as agreed by the Executive Committee in September 2017)

Introduction

EPPO started its works on biological control agents (BCAs) in 1996, and the joint EPPO/IOBC Panel on Biological Control Agents was established in 1997. Since then, the Panel has developed three Standards: PM 6/1 ‘First import of exotic biological control agents for research under contained conditions’, PM 6/2 ‘Import and release of non-indigenous biological control agents’, and PM 6/3 ‘List of biological control agents widely used in the EPPO region’. The last of these has been annually amended (except between 2002 and 2008) and represents a list of BCAs for which EPPO recommends its member countries to use a simplified procedure for import and releases. These are BCAs which are either indigenous and widespread in the EPPO region, or established and widespread in the EPPO region, or used by at least 5 EPPO countries for at least 5 years and in any of these cases without records of any negative non-target effects.

 

Scope

The EPPO/IOBC Panel on Biological Control Agents considers all aspects of the assessment and regulation of the import and release of biological control agents for use in plant protection, and assists the EPPO Secretariat and Working Parties in preparing guidance for use by member countries and the biological control industry. Biological control agents are understood to be natural enemies, antagonists or competitors or other organisms used for pest control (ISPM 5).

 

Tasks

  • Advising and support the EPPO Secretariat in relation to guidance on the assessment and regulation of biological control agents.
  • Monitoring the application of EPPO Standards in the PM6 series and consider the need for revisions in the light of experience and new information.
  • Proposing to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations priorities for inclusion in the annual EPPO Work Programme.
  • In accordance with that Work Programme, producing draft new or revised PM6 Standards for consideration by the Working Party, and additional guidance and decision support schemes to assist in the implementation of those Standards.
  • Recommending additions, deletions and amendments to the ‘List of biological control agents widely used in the EPPO region’ (Standard PM6/3), based on evidence presented to the Panel according to agreed procedures.
  • Promoting the development of networks to facilitate communication between regulators in different EPPO countries, and between regulators, researchers and industry, in relation to biological control agents.
  • Considering international regulations and standards relating to the movement and release of biological control agents and advise member countries (in consultation with the EPPO Panel on CPM [Global] Affairs) on the implications of proposed changes.
  • Reporting formally to the EPPO Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations, whilst keeping informed the EPPO Working Party on Plant Protection Products on issues of particular interest to that Working Party.
  • Reporting to IOBC bodies through the IOBC nominees on the Panel.

 

Composition and way of working

  • EPPO members of the joint Panel are nominated by member countries (or other approved bodies) through the usual EPPO procedure, while the IOBC nominates a number of its members to participate. A representative of the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association participates as an invited expert.
  • Where necessary the EPPO members may meet separately to consider specific issues of concern for regulators in the EPPO member countries.
  • Panel members are selected on the basis of their expertise and serve in an individual capacity.
  • EPPO Standards in the PM6 series cover all types of biological control agents, but the expertise of the Panel is generally on invertebrate BCAs. If more work is required in relation to microbiological BCAs then other sources of advice may need to be sought.
  • The Panel normally meets annually. In between annual meetings it may meet by teleconference, and may hold e-mail consultations to facilitate rapid decision making.
  • Reports of meetings are circulated usually within four weeks in draft and participants are given two weeks in which to comment. After that the report is finalized.
  • The Panel submits its draft Standards, advice and recommendations to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations for further consideration, and may consults either Working Party, as appropriate, in relation to significant issues in relation to regulation of biological control agents.
  • The EPPO Secretariat provides the Chair and Secretary for meetings.