Bringing Biopesticide Regulatory Reform to UK Parliament

The World BioProtection Forum (WBF) conference Bringing Biopesticide Regulatory Reform to UK Parliament, taking place in London on 5th September 2023, is the culmination of the WBF’s campaign for global regulatory reform. Once sensible reforms have been achieved in a competent authority, this case can be used to encourage further reforms in other regions (e.g. the EU).

As a result of the WBF’s campaign, the UK Government has already declared (see here), “We plan to review regulatory processes and data requirements to identify where approvals and permissions for biopesticides can be made simpler and speedier.” The conference on 5th September provides experts from industry with the opportunity to meet with key ministers, policy makers and department representatives to ensure that these ongoing reviews and reforms align with industry requirements.

This is a significant moment in our industry’s history, as a competent authority finally listens to the needs of the bioprotection sector. The WBF is doing everything it can to explain the rationale and urgent requirement for regulatory reform, to those people who can finally make these things happen.

Attended by:

Tentative programme

11:00 Tea and Coffee
Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and Chairman of the World BioProtection Forum (WBF)
Barry Gardiner, MPs and Lords, UK Parliament, London
Biopesticide Regulatory Reform
Natalie Louise Bennett, MP, House of Lords, London
Sustainable food production and role of biocontrol
Tristan Jervis, Senior Public Affairs & Communications Consultant, WBF
Update on Biopesticide Reg Reform, UK including name of the contributors of White Paper.
Carol Pullen, President, WBF
Panel discussion
Panel Member A - Nick Mole, Pesticide Action Network
Why are we considering Biopesticide?
Panel Member B - Mark Whittaker, MD, APIS Regulatory consultant
What is wrong with the current regulation for Biopesticide?
Panel Member C - Robert Cannings, Agri Sciences Biologicals, UK
What needs to be changed and how can we make things better?
Panel Member D – Dr Owen Jones, Managing Director and Partner at Lisk & Jones Consultants Ltd
Why is the UK the best place to do this?
Panel Member E - Richard Glass, Crop Health and Protection (CHAP)
How does this bring business opportunity to UK?
Panel Member F -Thorben Looije, Valto, The Netherlands
How can/would this make an impact on EU?
Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and Chairman
Closing remarks

Venue ​

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Bringing Biopesticide Regulatory Reform to UK Parliament
Tuesday 5th September 2023
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Jubilee Room, House of Commons, Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London SW1

How to find us

It is strongly recommended that participants use public transport to reach the venue. Visitors travelling on the London Underground can use the District, Circle or Jubilee lines to get to Westminster station.

Travelling by car will often be subject to the congestion charge and meter parking is limited. A nearby underground car park operated by Q-Park has 183 spaces. It benefits from a secure vehicle and pedestrian entrance with CCTV, customer toilets and is manned during the week. If needed, a space can be reserved in advance using the Q-Park online pre-booking facility


The WBF conference Bringing Biopesticide Regulatory Reform to UK Parliament is an invitation-only event for experts from industry and academia able to participate in discussions pertaining to regulatory reforms for the bioprotection sector. If you wish to attend the event, please express your interest using the form below, and a WBF representative will be in touch with you if you are able to attend.



This event has been funded by supporting members of the WBF and the following sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please email