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HopGuard approval process

HopGuard TestAt 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.

  • Barny Henderson

    What is happening with the Hopguard trials? I appreciate that it is expensive to get the necessary pan-European tests performed but it has been two years now and apparently no progress has been made. Is there a target date for a report that is going to satisfy the VMD?

    • Sebastian Owen

      Hi Barny, Thanks for your question and believe me, we are as frustrated as you with the delays to HopGuard’s final approval. We are working with the European Medicines Agency to get the product on the market as quickly as possible but the latest estimate is not until February 2018, I’m afraid. This is not something that we can influence – it is the first time that a plant-based, natural product has been registered in this way so the EMA is discovering new questions as things progress. We can only address these after we’ve been asked them. Thanks again, Sebastian (Vita)

      • Wild Yorkshire Honey

        There is a new version of HopGuard in America – a 25g version as opposed to the 12g version which was first approved. Will we be receiving the higher dose as I believe there are questions about the efficacy of the smaller dose. Apparently the 12g also dries out within 2-3 days as opposed to the 12 days which the 25g claims.

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