Biological residue studies / trials conducted in under developed countries for commodities imported into northern hemisphere countries
are typically referred to as “import tolerance” studies or trials. These crop residue regulations apply to processed fractions,
as well as to the crop raw agricultural commodity.
Global Ag project managers and study directors have worked with Global Ag Certified
Field Research Firms in managing and conducting over 535 import tolerance trials, including processed fractions.
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Challenges in Latin America
Global Ag personnel began managing and conducting import tolerance studies in Latin America in 1994. The difficulties of operating in the under-developed world are challenging and can lead to surprises that make scientific and regulatory
success improbable. Global Ag personnel have developed long term relationships with key operatives in each Latin American country
and key import / export officials in the USA and the EU. These investments allow us to assure successful, timely import of test
material, successful, timely permitting, and successful timely export of crop material to Europe or North America for analysis.
GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) compliance is also a challenge in Latin America, and Asia. The Global Ag certified
field research firms are made compliant by our close supervision and our extra provisions for them. We provide Standard Operating
Procedures, record their personnel and equipment facility resident records, and provide and extra on-site Quality Assurance
monitoring by Global Ag’s Quality Assurance Unit. Global Ag ensures they are compliant, at least for the duration of your trials.
Each field research firm's personnel are trained, certified and registered users of iAdvantage eFTN [electronic
field trial notebook].The biological data is entered into the eFTN at the field site and is immediately available in iAdvantage Project
Management Assistance [PMA] software for review by Global Ag’s project managers, study directors, and QA and for data compilation
and reporting. Instant electronic access to the biology data globally 24/7, allows earlier error checking and repeat of trials, as
necessary, without a seasons delay and allows data assembly and reporting earlier and without transcription errors and repeated QA.
Sample integrity is a critical element of all residue studies, particularly import tolerance studies. Global Ag personnel
have developed a system which results in samples arriving at the analytical or processing laboratory in the USA or Europe within 48
hours of collection. Samples are air shipped into key distribution centers where our agent expedites customs clearance, repacks
with dry ice if necessary, and places the samples on the next plane out. This insures that samples are routed properly
and prevents samples from being delayed, lost, damaged, or thawed. Certification requires a demonstration of this procedure
with one or two practice shipments. Additional insurance is achieved by collecting duplicate samples. The “back-up” samples
are held in storage while the first set is shipped. If the first set of samples does not arrive on time and in good condition,
the cause is determined and corrected and the back-up samples are shipped.
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