EFSA's Pesticides Unit has launched an open consultation on a Scientific Opinion on the follow-up of the findings of the External Scientific Report “Literature review of epidemiological studies linking exposure to pesticides and health effects”. The methodological limitations affecting the quality of epidemiological studies on pesticides have been assessed in the document and specific recommendations on how to improve them in order to facilitate their use for regulatory pesticide risk assessment have been provided. In addition, this document proposes a methodology for the integration of epidemiological evidence with data from experimental toxicology to delineate the potential contributions of epidemiological studies that complement classical toxicological studies conducted in laboratory animal species in the area of pesticide risk assessment.
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 28th July 2017. Please use exclusively the electronic template (http://registerofquestions.efsa.europa.eu/roqFrontend/consultation/doc/91) provided with the documents to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. Please note that comments submitted by e-mail or by post cannot be taken into account and that a submission will not be considered if it:
- is submitted after the closing date of the public consultation
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- is not related to the contents of the document
- contains complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material
- is related to policy or risk management aspects, which is out of the scope of EFSA's activity.
EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.
All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.