On the 23rd of March 2023 the first workshop of the Stakeholders Forum of RATION was launched. The workshop was organized remotely with the participation of over 70 people including 50 members of the Stakeholders Forum and 20 representatives-members of the RATION project network. In the frame of the workshop the Coordinator Prof. Dimitrios Karpouzas presented the overall vision of RATION and of the objectives of the Stakeholders Forum.
This was followed by a presentation of WP1 by Dr. Kutaj from Wageningen University and Dr S. Marette by INRAE who presented the structure of a questionnaire that will be sent out to the regulatory authorities of Member States dealing with the registration of low risk pesticides. Finally Dr A. Steenbergh, Ctgb, The Netherlands and Dr. J. Meeussen, IBMA presented the expectations of regulators and the industry by the project RATION. The workshop was supported by a vivid discussion on different aspects of the current regulatory framework and aspects that RATION should pay particular attention. The Stakeholders Forum will meet again in October 2023 with updates on WP2, 3 and 4 which deal with microbials, botanicals and ds-RNA pesticides.