The Minor Use Foundation held an inception workshop on October 14th in preparation for the 2021 Asian Regional Priority Setting Workshop. We appreciated hearing from participants and sharing the process for nominating priorities.
We wanted to share key questions brought up during the inception workshop.
Priority Setting Criteria
Question: What is the criteria for priority setting? Is the end goal to set an MRL for a particular pesticide on a particular crop?
Answer: Our mission is to develop new MRLs to facilitate harmonized trade. The first criteria is the most important, but the more of these criteria that can be met, the stronger the justification. In considering the nomination of an existing priority, or submitting a new priority, the key criteria are:
1. Is this an important crop-pest combination for which we do not have an effective control registered; is there a residue-trade issue; is there resistance to an existing product; or is a current product threatened with being cancelled?
2. Are there potential solution(s) that can effectively control the pest and would the registrant support the use?
3. Does the potential solution – crop combination already have a CODEX MRL, or would we be able to develop a new MRL? You can see existing CODEX MRLs by pesticide name here, and it lists the crops that have an MRL. https://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/codex-texts/dbs/pestres/pesticides/en/
Question: The screen is too small; can you send the nomination process instructions?
Answer: Yes! We have video instructions as well as slides that guide you through the nomination process available at https://minorusefoundation.org/events/2021-asian-psw-submit-priorities/. If you prefer to watch the video instructions directly on YouTube, please use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ3E-dd-gbk
Question: Can you send me the excel file (GMUPL for Asian Regional Workshop 2021) via email?
Answer: For consistency and surety that everyone is using the same working list of existing priorities, please use the online version of the current Global Minor Use Priority List (GMUPL). You can find the link to the current GMUPL at https://minorusefoundation.org/events/2021-asian-psw-submit-priorities/
Question: I already nominated priorities, but made a mistake. How do I delete one or two of my selections?
Answer: The nomination worksheet is locked for editing. Please send specific details on nominations you want to change or delete to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: Is there a limit as to how many priorities we can nominate per country?
Answer: Not during the nomination process. You can nominate as many priorities as you need. During the next phase, which is the ranking process, participating countries will rank only the top five priorities from the list generated from the nomination process.