Francis Daly
Francis Daly
Managing Scientist
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
Harrogate (UK)

Mr. Daly has extensive regulatory experience with plant protection products working for CRD (the UK regulatory authority for pesticides) for 18 years, and practical experience of agronomy, pesticide sales and application. He has a comprehensive working knowledge of EU regulatory evaluation procedures and assessment methods, including relevant guidelines and EU Regulations for the efficacy aspects of both existing and new active substances. An expert on minor uses, he has represented the UK in EU meetings and given training and advice on pesticide legislation to various EU accession countries.

Mr. Daly’s role within Exponent is mainly focused around the writing of Biological Assessment Dossiers and the production of efficacy sections for draft Registration Reports, to support new and existing product registrations, for clients to submit to EU regulatory authorities. In addition to this Mr. Daly provides agronomic and regulatory advice both internally and to clients, advice regarding the setting up of efficacy trial programmes, the monitoring of efficacy trials, providing efficacy data gap analyses, problem solving relating to efficacy and comparative risk assessments.


  • B.Sc., (Hons), 2. ii, Agriculture, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1987
  • BASIS, 1990

Prior Experience

Efficacy Evaluator, CRD, 2009–2013

Co-ordinator/Project Manager, PSD/CRD, 1995–2009

Plant Nursery Supervisor, Challis of York, 1993–1995

Technical Sales/Agronomist, Willmots, 1989–1993

Arable Advisor, ADAS, 1987–1989

Project Experience

Compiled national and zonal Biological Assessment Dossiers and efficacy sections of dRRs for clients, in support of product authorisations under the Plant Protection Products Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009.

Inspection of organizations under the UK scheme for ‘Official Recognition of Efficacy Testing Facilities or Organizations’ (required under Directive 91/414/EEC), also known as Good Experimental Practice (GEP).

Extensive experienced in evaluation of efficacy data in support of product authorisations and whole project management under UK national legislation (Control of Pesticides Regulations) and European Union legislation (Plant Protection Products Directive 91/414/EEC and Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009)

Provision of advice to growers and their organization on the pesticides approval process (ad-hoc and formal presentations) and advice to UK pesticides policy makers on agricultural/horticultural aspects, as CRD’s Grower Champion.

Representing the UK at EU meetings on minor uses.

Delivering training to EU accession countries (Czech Republic, Croatia and Serbia in the candidate country, also Poland, Slovakia and Albania in the UK) on EU legislation, project management, minor uses, GEP and efficacy evaluation.

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  • B.Sc., (Hons), 2. ii, Agriculture, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1987
  • BASIS, 1990