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October 25, 2017
Brian Xu, M.D., PH.D., DABT®, Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Registration Delays Expected as China Launches Pesticide Regime”

On October 25, 2017, Brian Xu, M.D., PH.D., DABT®, toxicologist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding China’s updated pesticide regulations.

China's pesticide regulations were updated in the Agriculture Ministry's Order No. 3, which went into effect Aug. 1, but observers said disparities still exist between that directive and the subsequent Proclamation No. 2569, which details the data companies must submit with registration applications.

“Many clarifications are needed for industry to be in compliance with the new regulations,” Brian Xu, a toxicologist with Bergeson & Campbell, a Washington-based law firm focusing on industrial and agricultural chemical regulation, told Bloomberg Environment. “The new regulations fundamentally change the review and approval processes of pesticide registration.”

The regulations are still unclear about many requirements, such as whether supplemental data can be submitted in languages other than Chinese. The list of approved testing facilities also includes no laboratories in the U.S.

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