SGS Expands Analytical Capabilities for Contract Research in Brazil
Brazil is undergoing major changes in the way it regulates crop protection products.
The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) are adopting a risk analysis approach for product registration, meaning crops will need to be analyzed for pesticides using maximum residue levels (MRL) harmonized with internationally applied standards. This will inevitably create an unprecedented increase in demand for services that deliver reliable analytical testing data.
SGS is the market leader for agricultural contract research services in Brazil. We offer a comprehensive range of services covering efficacy, residue, biotech trials, vegetal quarantine and performance testing. To assist our customers with the new requirements concerning regulatory trials, we have recently increased our analytical capacities offered under good laboratory practice (GLP).
In addition to offering residue, protein expression (ELISA) and Non-Target Organism (NTO) services under GLP, our facility in Piracicaba, state of São Paulo, has now expanded its range of GLP services to include testing samples from field soil dissipation trials.
It is predicted the change in regulation will dramatically increase the number of samples that need analysis. To be ready for this, SGS's GLP analytical laboratory has tripled its analytical capacity with the addition of three LC/MS/MS (triple-quad) ABISciex instruments, GC/MSD and protein expression equipment.
SGS's Brazilian agricultural capacities include two dedicated analytical study directors and a team of five field trial study directors, all based in Piracicaba, and seven well-established field stations covering all the major crop growing regions. Our fully-trained agronomists can oversee field trials for a wide variety of crops, covering:
- Residue GLP Studies (Brazil and Latin American) for regulatory, environmental and import tolerance
- Efficacy studies for development, early stage, regulatory and marketing (biological, pesticides, herbicides and others)
- GMO/biotech studies for regulatory or market purposes: nutritional composition, protein expression, agronomic data, efficacy and residue trials, bioassays and fields for protein efficacy, resistance monitoring, NTO studies and others for GMO material
In addition, we can also conduct pollinator exposure field trials, comprising the collection and analysis of pollen and nectar from supervised field trials, and GM crop safety trials, including laboratory testing (e.g. resistance against toxic proteins in insects). To assist agriculture companies, our quarantine facility can provide rapid customs clearance for seeds being imported for field trials.
SGS's Brazilian facilities have National Institute of Metrology Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) GLP accreditation for its physical-chemical area (purity, homogeneity and stability of formulated product and seed treatment content), residues, and GM crops. It also has Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) accreditation for agrochemicals and fertilizer product testing.
Globally, SGS has established agricultural contract research services in over 30 countries, employing approximately 600 staff to work in field stations and laboratories. With considerable experience in the replication of services, rapid transmission of knowledge, and the implementation of best practice, Brazilian agricultural operators working with SGS benefit not only from the expert know-how of local staff, but also SGS specialists operating all over the world.
SGS has always had a strong focus on regulatory compliance and testing under GLP and, with the recent expansion in analytical laboratory capabilities, it remains the first choice for Brazilian crop protection and seed companies looking for independent accredited testing with efficient turnaround times.
For further information, please contact:
Seed & Crop General Manager
Piracicaba, SP, Brazil
t: +34 9 9192 8521
SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.