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

metaflumizone, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, insecticide, E‐ and Z‐isomers, metabolite M320I04
First published in the EFSA Journal
17 June 2020
27 April 2020
Reasoned Opinion

Amended: 19 January 2021

Note: The Reasoned Opinion has been revised to take into account the GAP on cotton seeds authorised in Greece and Cyprus which was omitted by mistake during the peer review. The original Reasoned Opinion is available on request as it is a version showing all the changes made.


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 metaflumizone. To assess the occurrence of metaflumizone residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Commission Regulation (EU) No 188/2011, the MRLs established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and 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 acute risk to consumers was identified. Hence, the consumer risk assessment is considered indicative only, some MRL proposals derived by EFSA still require further consideration by risk managers and measures for reduction of the consumer exposure should also be considered.

European Food Safety Authority
pesticides.mrl [at]
EFSA Journal 2020;18(6):6123
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

Background documents