New Zealand has passed a law to increase the protection for confidential information provided when registering trade name products for crop protection products.
The Agriculture Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Amendment Bill will give the country’s agriculture sector, including growers of citrus, sweet corn and sweet potato, greater access to innovative agriculture products, according to industry association Agcarm.
The amendments increase protection of data to ten years’ for innovative crop protection products, and five year’s for new uses of crop protection products.
"Increasing this protection will incentivise manufacturers of crop protection products and veterinary medicines to bring their technology and invest in solutions specifically for New Zealand,” the association said in a statement released 3 November.
"Manufacturers will now have the incentive to develop products specifically for these types of situations. These products undergo extensive testing and research to prove to our regulators that they are suitable for crops and animals and are sustainable."
Agcarm said it had been advocating for increases in data protection for years, and commends the New Zealand government and Primary Production Select Committee for the changes.