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

emamectin, MRL review, Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, consumer risk assessment, insecticide
First published in the EFSA Journal
29 agosto 2019
18 luglio 2019
Reasoned Opinion


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 emamectin. To assess the occurrence of emamectin residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, the MRLs established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission as well as 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 2019;17(8):5803
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On request from
European Commission

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