Networks supporting the Pesticides Unit

EFSA’s networks consist of nationally appointed EU Member State organisations with expertise in the fields covered by the network. Representatives of the Commission and of other organisations (including those from outside the EU) with specific expertise may also be invited to participate in the work of EFSA Networks.

Networks are chaired by EFSA and supported by relevant EFSA units. Their aim is to facilitate scientific cooperation in the field of EFSA’s mission by:

  • coordinating activities,
  • exchanging information,
  • developing and implementing joint projects,
  • and exchanging expertise and best practices.

 

Pesticide Steering Network (PSN)

In September 2008, EFSA set up the Pesticide Steering Network. It was established to manage and plan the overall pesticide risk assessment and consider ways to further streamline the process. The main goals of the network are to:

  • plan and monitor the risk assessment process;
  • integrate the risk assessment and MRL setting processes;
  • coordinate with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA);
  • give advice on the prioritisation in the development and the updating of risk assessment guidance documents.

Mandate and composition of the network

Past activities / Completed work

Pesticide Steering Network on consultation for the corrigendum of the Aquatic Guidance Document (EFSA PPR Panel, 2013)

The members of the Pesticide Steering Network on consultation for the corrigendum of the Aquatic Guidance Document (EFSA PPR Panel, 2013) were nominated by the Member States participating in the PSN, including two participants on behalf of EFSA PPR panel.

Past activities / Completed work

Pesticide Steering Network on consultation on Draft Guidance of the PPR Panel on Residue Definition for Dietary Risk Assessment

The members of the Pesticide Steering Network on consultation on Draft Guidance of the PPR Panel on Residue Definition for Dietary Risk Assessment were nominated by the Member States participating in the PSN, including a participant on behalf of EFSA PPR panel.

Past activities / Completed work

Pesticide Steering Committee sub working group Risk Assessment on Bees

The members of the PSC sub working group Risk Assessment on Bees were nominated by the Member States participating in the PSC

Past activities / Completed work

Pesticide Steering Committee sub working group Bee Calculator

The members of the PSC sub working group Bee Calculator were nominated by the Member States participating in the PSC

Past activities / Completed work

Pesticide Steering Committee sub working group MRL procedures

The members of the PSC sub working group MRL procedures were nominated by the Member States participating in the PSC

Past activities / Completed work

Networking Group on Pesticide Monitoring

The establishment of the Networking Group on Pesticide Monitoring has strengthened the collaboration with between Member States, the EFTA countries of the European Free Trade Association which have an obligation to submit results of their national pesticide monitoring programmes, the European Commission and EFSA.

The Network functions as a consultation forum for all matters related to pesticide residues monitoring covered by Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, including:

  • the preparation of the Annual Reports on Pesticide Residues;
  • the review of the EFSA standardised data model for reporting the monitoring results;
  • the review of the methodology to risk assess the consumer dietary exposure to pesticide residues in food.

Mandate and composition of the network

Past activities / Completed work