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GTF urges Member States to follow scientific evidence in implementation of national glyphosate authorisations

Following a full assessment by both ECHA and EFSA, a qualified majority of Member States voted to renew glyphosate. Member states will now assess whether individual glyphosate based Plant Protection Products (PPP) fulfil the regulatory requirements to be placed on their national markets.

Member States must consider the requirements, guidance and principles that have been established as part of European and national legislation as well as the provisions listed in Annex I to the renewal regulation. The Commission implementing regulation adopted last week includes provisions intended to guide but not bind Member States when applying the decision. These provisions request Member States pay ‘particular attention’ to specific aspects of the risk evaluation process and, if necessary, require Member States to implement risk management measures They are not intended to urge Member States to implement arbitrary or politically motivated restrictions or bans. National PPP authorisations must be science based, and the regulatory authorities need to follow this legal requirement during the assessment of PPP.

The 22 member companies of the Glyphosate Task Force (GTF) fully engage to ensure the safety of their products for all users and are committed to minimising their impact on health and the environment. The GTF urges Member States to follow the EU scientific assessments, having regard to the Annex to the renewal Regulation and to the Uniform Principles that form a central element of the regulatory framework within which authorisation decisions must be made.

Last update: 07 December 2017