The EU Pesticides legislation requires that the approval of all active substances must. On 10 May 2022, EFSA and ECHA announced that taking into account the later delivery of the updated dRAR by the AGG and in order to complete the peer review process there will be a delay in delivering the EFSA Conclusion, which is now expected in July 2023. On 15 June 2021, the AGG submitted to EFSA and ECHA its assessments in the form of a draft Renewal Assessment Report and a CLH Report containing a proposal for harmonised classification and labelling, respectively. In principle, such a decision could be taken at any time if EFSA or ECHA would identify evidence in the coming months demonstrating that glyphosate no longer fulfils the approval criteria laid down in the EU pesticides legislation. Further details about the peer review process and the process for harmonised classification and labelling can be found on the dedicated webpages of EFSA and ECHA respectively.
- The NGOs also asked for financial support from the Commission for an ongoing study by the Ramazzini Institute.
- On 10 May 2022, EFSA and ECHA announced that taking into account the later delivery of the updated dRAR by the AGG and in order to complete the peer review process there will be a delay in delivering the EFSA Conclusion, which is now expected in July 2023.
- Further information on how EFSA carries out the peer review and the procedure can be found on EFSA’s webpages.
EFSA is responsible for the peer review of the risk assessment of active substances used in plant protection products in the EU. Further information on how EFSA carries out the peer review and the procedure can be found on EFSA’s webpages. At the end of the peer-review process, EFSA will adopt a Conclusion on the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment, which will also take into account the Opinion that the Risk Assessment Committee of ECHA will adopt on the harmonised classification and labelling for glyphosate.
The Commissioner responded and invited the NGOs to submit the comments in the public consultation so that they will be fully considered during the peer-review process. The Conclusion and the AGG’s renewal assessment report will be analysed by the Commission which will then put forward a renewal report and a draft Regulation to the Member States, on whether the approval of glyphosate can be renewed, or not. Discussions will then take place in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed prior to a vote by the Member States on the Commission’s proposal.
Commissioner Kyriakides responded to EFSA and ECHA and also wrote to the Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament and to the French Minister of Agriculture and Food . On 23 September 2021, EFSA and ECHA launched public consultations on the reports delivered by the AGG, which ended on 22 November 2021. The AGG carried out an admissibility check of the supplementary dossiers followed by an assessment of all available information. On 10 May 2019, the Commission appointed four Member States acting jointly as ‘rapporteurs’ for the next assessment of glyphosate – this group of Member States is known as the Assessment Group on Glyphosate .
The AGG assessed the application dossier submitted by the Glyphosate Renewal Group and prepared a draft renewal assessment report which it sent to the European Food Safety Authority on 15 June 2021. On the same date, the AGG also submitted a CLH Report containing a proposal for harmonised classification and labelling to ECHA. The NGOs also asked for financial support from the Commission for an ongoing study by the Ramazzini Institute.
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Therefore, glyphosate can be used as an active substance in Plant Protection Products , until that date, subject to each PPP being authorised by national authorities following an evaluation of its safety. In the case of glyphosate, because of the expected very large application dossier and the related high workload, no single Member State volunteered to become rapporteur Member State or co-rapporteur Member State. The supplementary dossiers containing the required set of scientific studies and literature data were submitted by the Glyphosate Renewal Group on 8 June 2020 . A draft Commission Regulation extending the existing approval must be presented and put to a vote by the Member States before the expiry of the current approval. In addition to the public announcement, EFSA and ECHA wrote to Commissioner Kyriakides to explain the delay.