HopGuard approval process
At Vita’s offices yesterday, Max, Alexandra and Zahir met to discuss the next stages in the process to achieve pan-European approval for HopGuard, a varroa control treatment.
One of the next steps is residue assessment: when applied how much, if any, Hopguard will find its way into wax and honey.
To be able to assess residues accurately, a benchmarking test must be performed by independent laboratory. they take samples of wax and honey and impregnate them separately with known amounts of Hopguard.
The laboratory then measures the amount of Hopguard that can be detected in the samples. This measurement then provides the benchmark for subsequent field tests.
Here, Max is pictured taking some comb with honey (from a bell jar) to send to the testing laboratory.
This is just one of the many tests that a regulated treatment such as Hopguard must undergo.
The process is quite expensive, but when approvals are granted it does give beekeepers the assurance that they are dealing with a thoroughly tested and safe treatment.