EU Will Loss Three Key Insecticides—Spirotetramat, Spinetoram and Flubendiamide
The European Commission (EC) recently published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/489 regarding the approval periods of the active substances Spirotetramat, Spinetoram and Flubendiamide.
Approvals will expire in 2024
Document 32022R0489 explained the reason, as no applications for renewal of approval were submitted by the manufacturers, the approvals in the EU of these substances will expire on the following dates:
Spirotetramat: Approval will expire on April 30, 2024
Spinetoram: Approval will expire on June 30, 2024
Flubendiamide: Approval will expire on August 31, 2024
After expiration, the corresponding plant protection product has a sales and distribution buffer period of not more than 6 months, and an additional inventory consumption period of not more than 1 year. It means after this time, Spirotetramat, Spinetoram and Flubendiamide can no longer be used in EU countries.
If you currently use Spirotetramat, Spinetoram or Flubendiamide on crops destined for the EU market, you need to start looking for alternatives as soon as possible.
Spirotetramat, Spinetoram or Flubendiamide are particularly important products for ACP horticulture.
Spirotetramat is a keto-enol insecticide, with bidirectional systemic conductivity, which can effectively control sucking pests, including Scale insects, Aphids, Mealybugs, Mites, Whiteflies, Psyllids, Thrips, Spider Mites, and Leafhoppers.
It produces growth inhibition in younger insects and reduces the ability of insects to reproduce, resulting in mortality. It acts to inhibit the biosynthesis of lipids and represents a new alternative for the control of resistant insects.
The compound was developed by Bayer CropScience. On May 1, 2014, Spirotetramat was approved under the new EU Plant Protection Product Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009), the first approval is valid until April 30, 2024. And in subsequent approvals and authorizations, members are required to consider the risks to aquatic organisms, non-target arthropods in the field, and bees.
Spinetoram is a macrolide antibiotic insecticide that has activity against a wide range of common insect pests including in particular Codling moth, Oriental fruit moth and Western flower thrip.
It was developed by the former Dow AgroSciences Company, it is an analog of Spinosad. The mechanism of Spinetorm is the same as that of Spinosad, but its activity is 10 times that of Spinosad. On July 1, 2014, Spinetoram was approved under the new EU Plant Protection Product Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009), the first approval is valid until June 30, 2024. And in subsequent approvals and authorizations, members are required to consider the risk to insectivorous birds.
Flubendiamide (FBD) is the first commercially available phthalic acid diamide that targets ryanodine receptors (RyRs) in insects, is a broad-spectrum insecticide used in a wide range of annual and perennial crops. Pests controlled include in particular various Lepidoptera spp. including Armyworms, Corn borers, Cutworms, Diamondback moths, and Loopers. It has no cross-resistance with existing insecticides. It is very suitable for the control of pests that are resistant to other insecticides.
It was jointly developed by Germany's Bayer AG and Japan Pesticide Co., Ltd. On September 1, 2014, Flubendiamide was approved under the new EU Plant Protection Product Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009), the first approval is valid until August 31, 2024. And in the subsequent approvals and authorizations, members are required to pay attention to the risk to aquatic invertebrates and possible residues in rotational crops.
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