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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
E-004490/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004490/2018

The Commission renewed the approval of glyphosate in December 2017 for a period of five years(1). Consequently, if producers wish to apply for further renewal they must submit a new updated dossier by 15 December 2019, following which a new comprehensive EU assessment will be undertaken.

The judgment of a jury in a court case in the United States has no direct impact on the scientific assessment conducted in the EU. The Commission would like to recall that the European Chemicals Agency’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) concluded in 2017(2) that based on the available scientific evidence, the criteria to classify glyphosate as carcinogenic were not met. The RAC also concluded that there is no evidence to classify glyphosate as mutagenic or as toxic for reproduction. The European Food Safety Authority reached the same conclusion in 2015(3). Experts from all Member States shared this view. Authorities in several third countries have also reached the same conclusion.

The Commission would also like to emphasise that all active substances used in pesticides are subject to a periodic review during which they undergo a comprehensive scientific assessment to determine if the requirements for approval are satisfied or not. This includes an examination of their endocrine disrupting potential, the effects on bees and on the wider environment. The Commission has and will continue to remove active substances from the market for which it cannot be demonstrated that the strict approval criteria enshrined in the legislation are satisfied.

(1)Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2324 of 12 December 2017 renewing the approval of the active substance glyphosate in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011, OJ L 333, 15.12.2017, p. 10.
(2)https://echa.europa.eu/fr/opinions-of-the-committee-for-risk-assessment-on-proposals-for-harmonised-classification-and-labelling/-/substance-rev/16901/term
(3)EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), 2015. Conclusion on the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance glyphosate. EFSA Journal 2015; 13 (11):4302, 107 pp. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2015.4302.

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