Chemical Regulation

Fera works closely with plant protection product manufacturers to help develop effective, sustainable and safe chemical products that minimise ecosystem impacts and pollution, while maximising the beneficial effects for crops, plants and animals.

Chemical Regulation

Regulations and restrictions on the use of chemicals to tackle plant and animal pests and diseases are becoming increasingly stringent, which means the range of chemical options available for tackling these threats is constantly being eroded. It’s essential to ensure that any chemicals used in the environment do not pose a threat to plants, wildlife and ecosystems, while ensuring they are effective against target pests and diseases.

Fera works to the latest OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals, which are a collection of the most relevant internationally agreed testing methods used by government, industry and independent laboratories to identify and characterise potential hazards of chemicals. We use innovative tools and techniques in our regulatory safety testing, providing valuable support to companies in their chemical evaluation and registration efforts. 

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Fera's chemical regulatory work


Fera helps commercial companies to accurately assess the toxic impacts of plant-protection products and veterinary medicines on a range of ecosystems and species.

Bee Ecotoxicology

Terrestrial Non-target Arthropod Studies

Lab Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Mesocosm Studies

Terrestrial Microorganisms

Terrestrial Non-target Plants

Our Ecotoxicology Studies

Livestock metabolism & residue studies

When you need to investigate the risks and potential effects of feed additives or veterinary medicines on livestock and the food chain, Fera can help you to carry out GLP-compliant livestock metabolism and residue studies.

From Lab to Livestock

Metabolism & Livestock Residue Studies


Consultancy from Fera can support you through the regulatory processes required to register your chemical products and biocides in the EU.

Regulatory Risk Assessment

Programme Management

Dossier Development

In Silico Predictive Toxicology

Consultancy by Fera

Environmental fate

Our regulations-compliant environmental fate studies provide essential data on the fate and behaviour of pesticides and other chemicals in the environment.

Adsorption Mobility


Our Environmental Fate Capabilities

Efficacy services

Fera provides efficacy testing on any scale to support the registration and development of new plant-protection products.


Our Efficacy Studies

Post-market stewardship

Fera has the scientific expertise, resources and data access required to support long-term monitoring and risk assessment for your regulated agri-chemical products.

Pesticide Usage Survey

Wildlife Incident Unit

Post-market Stewardship Expertise


Bees and other pollinating insects perform essential services in any ecosystem. As well as providing a host of products such as honey, wax, propolis, royal jelly and venom, bees are critical pollinators.


Chemical Producers

Food, Retailers & Manufacturers

General Public

Growers & Argonomists

Government, Research & Universities