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Glyphosate: EFSA to share raw data

EFSA is to release the raw data used in the recent EU safety evaluation of glyphosate, as part of its commitment to open risk assessment. The information will be shared with a group of MEPs following a public access to document request. When combined with ...

29 September 2016

Breaking news from EFSA’s expert meetings: plant protection products

Watch our news video report to find out what was discussed and decided at this week’s open meeting of EFSA’s Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues. EFSA is constantly looking at ways to make its scientific work more open and transparent. W ...

24 June 2016

Pesticides guidance aims to harmonise field testing

New pesticides guidance has been finalised that harmonises the way terrestrial field dissipation studies (TFDs) are conducted in different regions of the world. The guidance was developed for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OEC ...

01 March 2016

Environmental risk: harmonising assessment, protecting biodiversity

EFSA has published two Scientific Opinions on environmental risk assessment (ERA), with a third to follow shortly. Reinhilde Schoonjans explains the issues at the heart of this major project.  How is ERA relevant to EFSA’s work? Environmental risk assessm ...

03 February 2016

Pesticides: breakthrough on cumulative risk assessment

EFSA and its European partners have taken a major step forward in their work on assessing the cumulative risks from exposure to pesticides. A software tool has been developed for carrying out exposure assessments of multiple pesticides. In a pilot study, ...

27 January 2016

Glyphosate: EFSA responds to critics

EFSA has replied to criticism of the EU assessment of glyphosate that was overseen by the Authority last year.  Christopher Portier sent a letter to Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, in which he raised a number of objec ...

13 January 2016

Pesticides and bees: EFSA to update neonicotinoid assessments

EFSA is to update its assessments of the risks to bees posed by three neonicotinoid pesticides. The new evaluations of clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid were requested by the European Commission, which placed restrictions on the use of the subst ...

11 January 2016

Glyphosate: background documents published

EFSA has published the background documents relating to its peer review of glyphosate. These are: the EFSA peer review report, containing the comments received during the different consultation phases and the outcomes of the expert meetings; the final Ren ...

19 November 2015

Glyphosate: EFSA updates toxicological profile

EFSA and the EU Member States have finalised the re-assessment of glyphosate, a chemical that is used widely in pesticides. The report concludes that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans and proposes a new safety measure that wil ...

12 November 2015

Glyphosate conclusion to be published next week

EFSA will publish the EU peer review of the active substance glyphosate on 12 November in line with previous communication on EFSA’s website. Peer review in the EU In the EU, active substances used in plant protection products are evaluated or re-evaluate ...

03 November 2015