Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance kieselgur (diatomaceous earth)

kieselgur, diatomaceous earth, peer review, risk assessment, pesticide, insecticide and acaricide
First published in the EFSA Journal
19 March 2020
21 February 2020
Conclusion on Pesticides

Note: This scientific output, approved on 21 February 2020, supersedes the previous output published on 11 July 2012 (EFSA, 2012).


The conclusions of EFSA following the peer review of the initial risk assessments carried out by the competent authorities of the rapporteur Member State Austria and co‐rapporteur Member State Greece for the pesticide active substance kieselgur (diatomaceous earth) and the considerations as regards the inclusion of the substance in Annex IV of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 are reported. The context of the peer review was that required by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 844/2012, as amended by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2018/1659. The conclusions were reached on the basis of the evaluation of the representative uses of kieselgur (diatomaceous earth) as an insecticide and acaricide on stored cereals, empty storage rooms and storage rooms, mills and warehouses (with stored goods). The reliable end points, appropriate for use in regulatory risk assessment, are presented. Missing information identified as being required by the regulatory framework is listed.

Kieselgur (Diatomaceous earth)
Cas: 61790-53-2
European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.peerreview [at]
EFSA Journal 2020;18(3):6054
On request from
European Commission

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