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


Fera is a leading provider of efficacy tests and trials for plant-protection products. We are officially recognised as a component body* to carry out tests on products for agricultural, horticultural, stored crop and vertebrate control application.

Whether you need early screening of new active ingredients, small-scale ‘pilot’ studies to support new product development or large-scale efficacy data for product registration, our scientists have the expertise and resources to deliver a bespoke testing programme to suit your requirements.

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We understand that PPPs are an important factor to growing healthy crops with strong yields and that the availability of these products and regulatory requirements are an ongoing issue for the industry.

Dedicated to supporting our partners get their products to market, Fera uses original thinking to create bespoke solutions to help customer test new compounds to support product development and regulatory requirements.

Fera supports individual environmental fate and ecotoxicology screens for single compounds at discovery stage, determining additional regulatory work, avoiding costly studies. We also offer bespoke multi stage efficacy screening for plant-protection products and control methods that are completely tailored to our client's requirements to help you successfully get your products to market.



Fera has vast experience of preparing and submitting REACH and BPR dossiers to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).


Our efficacy testing programme

Your Fera efficacy testing programme will be fully confidential. We can carry out tests for efficacy on a wide range of species, including:

  • Many major pest (plant pathogen, insect, nematode or weed) of arable and horticultural crops.
  • Stored product beetles.
  • Public health pests, including cockroaches and flies.
  • Poultry and dust mites.
  • Ants.

Your tests can be carried out in a range of environments, according to your needs, from controlled laboratory conditions to practical semi-field and full-field trials. We recommend that initial laboratory studies are run in conjunction with phytotoxicity trials, to determine your product’s compatibility with a range of crop species.

* Certificate number: ORETO 134.

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Efficacy Testing - Helping Plant Protection Products meet the grade

- Plant Protection Products

- How can Fera help?

- Multi stage efficacy screening

- Initial Indicative Discovery

Find out how Fera devised a unique method to test novel compounds, creating an effective solution that resulted in faster screening times using less product per test, providing our partner with the most cost effective testing solution.