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The Critical Role of Storage Stability in Agrochemicals: What does the future hold?

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The Critical Role of Storage Stability in Agrochemicals: What does the future hold?

In the competitive world of agrochemicals, manufacturers and suppliers across the UK and EU face rigorous standards to ensure their products are safe, effective and environmentally sustainable. Central to this is compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, which governs the placement of plant protection products (PPP) on the market. A critical aspect of meeting these requirements is assessing storage stability to determine product shelf-life—a process that needs specialised expertise and resources. Read our blog The Critical Role of Storage Stability in Agrochemicals: What does the future hold to learn more about the importance of Storage Stability in this space. 

The importance of storage stability in the Agrochemicals industry

Storage stability is paramount for the efficacy and safety of crop protection products. For agrochemical manufacturers, understanding how products behave under various storage conditions is crucial. This not only ensures compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 but also safeguards the integrity and performance of products over time. Without thorough storage stability studies, manufacturers risk product degradation, compromised efficacy, and potential regulatory setbacks. So why are storage stability studies important? 

1.Enhancing market competitiveness

In a market where product differentiation is key, ensuring superior storage stability can give you a significant advantage over your competitors. Products that maintain their effectiveness over a longer period are more attractive to distributors and end-users, leading to increased sales and market share. Clear and accurate shelf-life labelling, backed by robust stability data, can enhance your product’s reputation and reliability.

2.Reducing waste and environmental impact

Understanding the stability of agrochemical products can also contribute to sustainability efforts. By optimising storage conditions and accurately predicting shelf-life, manufacturers can reduce the risk of product wastage due to premature degradation. This not only has economic benefits but also minimises the environmental impact associated with the disposal of expired products, supporting your brand’s efforts towards aligning with the SDG’s or other sustainability programmes. 

3.Supporting innovation and development

Comprehensive storage stability studies provide valuable insights that can inform product development and innovation. By understanding how various formulations respond to different storage conditions, manufacturers can refine their products to enhance stability and performance. This iterative process is essential for developing next-generation agrochemicals that meet evolving regulatory standards and market demands.

The Critical Role of Storage Stability in Agrochemicals

Unveiling the value of storage stability studies

Did you know that the degradation of active ingredients in agrochemicals can vary significantly with temperature fluctuations? For instance, a product stored at 25°C might have a vastly different shelf-life compared to the same product stored at 40°C. Understanding these nuances is essential for accurate storage recommendations and maintaining product efficacy.

It’s no secret that the future of agrochemical storage stability is moving towards more sustainable practices. There is a growing emphasis on reducing environmental impact by optimising storage conditions to minimise energy consumption. This not only aligns with regulatory demands but also promotes a greener approach to agriculture. For more information about the relationship between sustainability and the chemistry industry, check out our white paper. 

The future of storage stability in the Agrochemicals industry

At Oxford Analytical Services, we understand the complexities and challenges of complying with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. Our expertise in conducting storage stability studies is unmatched, providing you with the insights needed to maximise product shelf-life and stability.

The Critical Role of Storage Stability in Agrochemicals

Introducing Oxford Analytical Services (OAS)

The future of storage stability in the agrochemicals industry is poised for significant advancements, driven by technological innovations and a growing emphasis on sustainability. Emerging trends include the development of smart packaging solutions equipped with sensors to monitor and maintain optimal storage conditions in real-time, ensuring product integrity throughout the supply chain. Advances in analytical techniques, such as high-resolution mass spectrometry and accelerated stability testing, will provide more precise and faster assessments of product stability. There is also an increasing focus on environmentally friendly formulations and packaging materials that reduce the ecological footprint of agrochemicals. 

Regulatory frameworks are expected to evolve, incorporating more stringent requirements and encouraging the adoption of best practices in storage stability testing. As the industry moves towards more sustainable and efficient storage solutions, manufacturers and suppliers who invest in cutting-edge stability studies will be better positioned to meet regulatory demands and deliver superior products to the market.

Our storage stability capabilities

We offer comprehensive storage stability studies tailored to meet the specific needs of agrochemical products. Our state-of-the-art facilities and expert team evaluate product stability under various conditions, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and providing you with detailed storage recommendations.

Why partner with us?

  • Faster Turnaround Times: Unlike larger labs that often have months of backlog, we pride ourselves on providing timely results without compromising on quality
  • Tailored Analytical Solutions: We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all. Our services are customised to meet your specific requirements, whether it’s storage stability,  method development, validation, or routine quality control analysis
  • GLP Compliant: We can assure regulatory authorities that the data submitted in the dossier submission is a true reflection of the results obtained during the study, providing confidence in the accuracy and reliability of our findings, and ensuring that your products meet the highest standards of regulatory scrutiny and approval.
  • Comprehensive Service Portfolio: From 5 batch analysis and impurity profiling to method development and storage stability studies, our extensive range of services makes us your one-stop solution provider for all analytical needs

Experience the OAS difference

Navigating the regulatory landscape of the agrochemical industry can be daunting. However, with Oxford Analytical Services by your side, you can ensure your products not only comply with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 but also maintain their integrity and efficacy over time.

Visit our website to learn more about our storage stability services and how we can support you in bringing safe, effective, and sustainable crop protection products to market. Contact us today for a quote and experience the OAS difference.