Environmental risk assessment (ERA) was embedded in EU pesticide legislation 25 years ago. More than 150 pesticide specialists from around the world gathered in Parma to discuss the scientific developments triggered by the introduction of Council Directive 91/414/EEC in 1991 and to debate the way forward for ERA of pesticides in the coming years.
The conference, “Environmental risk assessment of pesticides: 25 years of scientific advancements”, organised by EFSA, examined a range of issues in a programme that stretched over one and a half days.
Delegates discussed the progress made in the regulation of pesticides in the EU, advances in guidance and assessment methodologies, as well as new challenges and emerging trends. The final session included a lively roundtable discussion on the value of landscape-based risk mapping in ERA.
Jose Tarazona, Head of EFSA’s Pesticides Unit, closed the meeting by congratulating delegates for the high quality of the discussions and said: “We started with the challenges and achievements of the past and have now shared thoughts and ideas that can hopefully inspire our work over the next 25 years.”