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Pesticides: new default values proposed for dermal absorption

EFSA has published new guidance on dermal absorption of plant protection products (PPPs). The guidance proposes default values to be used in the absence of experimental data for the risk assessment of active substances used in PPPs. The document, which up ...

03 July 2017

Bee groups embrace new EU partnership: trust is the key

Beekeepers, scientists, policy-makers and other relevant parties are to set up a European bee partnership that could transform the way bee health is assessed in the EU. The pledge was the main outcome of a major scientific meeting held in Brussels yesterd ...

27 June 2017

Bee health: EFSA outlines data collection needs

EFSA’s MUST-B working group has finalised its requirements for the collection of field data needed to support its risk assessment model for bees. The model is currently being developed using published data and expert knowledge, but realistic field data wi ...

22 May 2017

Pesticide residues in food: risk to consumers remains low

Food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or to contain residues that fall within legal limits, new figures show. The latest monitoring report published by EFSA reveals that more than 97% of food samples collec ...

11 April 2017

A new path for pesticide assessment

It is one of the most debated questions in chemical risk assessment: can exposure to chemicals such as pesticides cause ill health in humans? Scientists currently rely on experimental toxicology evidence, such as animal or cell studies, to assess their sa ...

16 March 2017

Endocrine disruptors: EFSA and ECHA outline Guidance plans

EFSA and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have published an outline of the Guidance they are developing on how to identify substances with endocrine disrupting properties in pesticides and biocides. The outline includes a projected table of contents, ...

20 December 2016

Glyphosate: EFSA shares raw data from risk assessment

EFSA has shared the raw data that was used in the EU safety evaluation of the pesticide glyphosate. The information has been sent to a group of MEPs who submitted an official request to see the information. Guilhem de Seze, Head of EFSA’s Regulated Produc ...

09 December 2016

Endocrine disruptors: EFSA and ECHA start work on guidance

EFSA and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are developing scientific guidance to enable identification of endocrine disruptors. Earlier this year the European Commission proposed science-based criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the contex ...

02 December 2016

Pesticide residues in food: risk to consumers remains low

Ninety-seven per cent of food samples collected in the European Union are free of pesticide residues or contain traces that are within legal limits. The conclusion is part of EFSA’s latest annual report on pesticide residues in food, which analyses the re ...

26 October 2016