Peter G. Mason, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
A training module Preparation of a Petition for First-time Release of a Non-indigenous Entomophagous Biological Control Agent has been developed by the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) Biological Control Expert Group. The module is based on a workshop held in 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to provide training on preparing a Petition for first release of an entomophagous biological control agent according to requirements outlined in NAPPO RSPM 12. Understanding by individuals/companies of the information required for a petition to release an exotic biological control agent is important to the regulatory process in all NAPPO countries to ensure that fair and thorough risk assessment can be made. Petitioners are frequently not aware of the appropriate level of detail that is required, nor of the type of work that is required to generate this information. Addressing these aspects is essential to improvement in the quality of submissions, enabling regulators in Canada, Mexico and the United States to make approval decisions that are highly informed and based on harmonized information.
The training module can be accessed from the NAPPO website: https://www.nappo.org/RSPM_12/story.html
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