Review of the existing maximum residue levels for pencycuron according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

Pencycuron, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment,phenylurea, fungicide, aniline
First published in the EFSA Journal
17 December 2018
22 November 2018
Reasoned Opinion


According to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, EFSA has reviewed the maximum residue levels (MRLs) currently established at European level for the pesticide active substance pencycuron. To assess the occurrence of pencycuron residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Commission Regulation (EC) No 33/2008 as well as the European authorisations reported by Member States (including the supporting residues data). Based on the assessment of the available data, MRL proposals were derived and a consumer risk assessment was carried out. Some information required by the regulatory framework was missing and a possible risk to consumers was identified. Hence, the consumer risk assessment is considered indicative only and no MRL proposals were derived by EFSA. Further consideration by risk managers are needed and measures for reduction of the consumer exposure should also be considered.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2018;16(12):5518
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

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