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Bee Ecotoxicology

Are you ready for the regulation changes?


Honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees are vitally important pollinator insects. They provide a host of ecosystem services such as honey and other products including wax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and venom. Most importantly they provide pollination of agricultural crops and wild plants. It is therefore essential either to demonstrate bee safety or to determine measures to minimize bees' contact with crop protection products.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently issued a new Guidance Document which proposes a tiered risk assessment scheme including non-Apis species (Bombus spp. (Bumble bees) and solitary bees) as well as honey bees (Apis mellifera). When this guidance document is officially noted this testing scheme will become mandatory.

Fera has more than 25 years expertise in conducting bee safety laboratory studies, semi-field and field studies, combining this with our co-location with the UK National Bee Unit and our collaboration with Atlantic Pollination Ltd allows us to extend our offer to all areas of bee testing.

We can help get your products to market.
Choose Fera for your bee testing requirements.



Why Fera?

  • We have over 25 years of experience running GLP complaint bee studies
  • We are co-located with the UK National Bee Unit giving us unrivalled instant access to over 150 colonies of expertly managed bees
  • We are a global leader in bee toxicity testing
  • Our bee ecotoxicologists are at the forefront of bee toxicity testing and active participants within many working groups including the International Commission for Plant-Pollinator Relationships