The OECD agreed guidelines that establish two formats:
- one for industry to use when making data submission (dossiers) for microbials and pheromones/semiochemicals; and,
- one for governments to use when writing their evaluation reports (monographs) for microbials and pheromones/semiochemicals.
The formats do not require OECD countries to make the same regulatory decisions. Rather their purpose is to facilitate registration by minimising duplication of effort for both industry and governments.
The Guidance for Industry Data Submissions and Guidance for Government Data Reviews , are designed to promote quality and consistency in the "dossiers" of data submitted by biological (microbial, pheromones and semio-chemicals) pesticide producers when applying for a new registration, and the government "monographs" that review the data. Both sets of guidance specify the format to follow and level of information to include.
The OECD guidance helps to ensure that dossiers and monographs are clear and complete, and that information is easy to find. This makes it easier for governments to use each other's pesticide risk evaluations. And it enables pesticide registrants (usually producers) to submit the same dossiers to different governments.
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