The regulatory framework of pesticides encompasses national, regional, and international legislation and conventions that help assure safety for users, consumers and the environment. A regulatory environment will define the speed at which farmers will reap benefits of new technologies and be globally competitive. The approval and use of Crop Protection Products is highly regulated all over the world, including India. India has a robust regulatory system and highly knowledgeable regulatory officials compared to most other countries. The Indian regulatory system is rapidly evolving to harmonize with global regulations as per FAO/ WHO guidelines in order to ensure that farmers have the best choice of products and latest innovations on par with farmers across the world with established efficacy as well as safety. While India’s regulatory system for registration of crop products is a resilient one, CropLife India continues its engagement to advocate a regulatory system that would continuously improve to facilitate introduction of innovative crop protection solutions to the farmers.
Over the years, India’s policy makers and regulators have closely engaged with the industry and key stakeholders to continuously improve the Indian Regulatory System. CropLife India has been at the forefront in creating a thought leadership platform that has paved to progressive regulations. Some of the significant forward looking regulations are harmonization with OECD protocols in major disciplines, crop grouping concept, minor changes regulation to enable innovation at a faster pace and many more to further strengthen domestic manufacturing at par with global standards and facilitate the “Make in India” initiative of the Government. In its engagement efforts, policy workshops have been organized in collaboration with regulators and policy makers that pave the way for progressive regulations in the country. A conducive regulatory environment will define the speed at which farmers will reap benefits of new technologies and be globally competitive while assuring safety of users, consumers and the environment.