Stakeholder Consultation Workshop: "Improved Realism in Soil Risk Assessment - How will pesticide risk assessment in soil be tackled tomorrow?" - 12 to 14 May 2009

Joint Research Centre, Ispra (VA)
12 maggio 2009

EFSA’s PPR Panel will run a workshop, informing about the revision of the Guidance Document Persistence in Soil (9188/VI/97 rev 8) published in 2000. The revised GD will provide Member States, notifiers, and consultants with an updated guidance in the area of environmental fate and behavior of pesticides. The aim of this revision is to develop a tiered approach for exposure assessment in soil at EU level including:

  • the development of a range of scenarios representing realistic worst-case conditions including as far as possible ecological and climatic considerations,
  • the appropriate definition of the role of results of field persistence and soil accumulation experiments in the tiered assessment.

The exposure assessment is considered to be part of the terrestrial ecotoxicological risk assessment. This implies that it has to consider all types of concentration that are considered relevant for assessing ecotoxicological effects. This is also of relevance for the upcoming EFSA PPR revision of the Guidance Document on Terrestrial Ecotoxicology (SANCO/10329/2002).

Objectives of the meeting
The workshop aims at collecting feedback from EFSAs stakeholders (Member States, agrochemical industry representatives, consulting companies, and others) during the revision process. The workshop programme will comprise an information session to update the audience on the ongoing revision, workshops in break-out groups regarding specific topics, and a summarizing session to present and discuss the outcome of the break out groups.

Who should attend?
The meeting is open to all parties with an interest in risk assessment of plant protection products in soil, such as competent authorities of the Member States, agrochemical industry representatives, consulting companies, and others. Since the foreseen number of participants is limited to around 50-60, experts interested in participating are invited to register until the 15th of February 2009. If there are more registrations than free places, experts will be selected based on their expertise in the field and to ensure a balance of representation of different MS and organisations. After the registration closing date, invitations with more detailed information on the meeting will be sent out.

Official language
English will be the official language. No simultaneous translations will be provided.

Date and venue
The workshop will be held on 12–14 May 2009. The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) will host the event at their premises in Ispra, Italy.

More information on the revision process of the GD on Persistence in Soil:

Further details, such as a draft agenda, will be soon available on the EFSA events web pages.