Pesticides and protected crops – EFSA presents environmental risk assessment guidance

News in brief
20 March 2014

New guidance from EFSA provides a framework for carrying out environmental risk assessment of pesticides emitted from protected crops – those grown in greenhouses and under cover. The document provides assistance on how and when to assess pesticide emissions into soil, surface water, groundwater and the air. It also addresses what elements should be used in exposure scenarios for risk assessment - both for soil-bound and soil-less cultivation systems. The guide contributes to EFSA’s ongoing work in the field of pesticides for the protection of environmental health.