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European MEP Majority Supports Pesticide Legislation: Industry Looks Forward to More Science and Less Fiction During Implementation

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On 13th January 2009, the European Parliament voted in favour of the trialogue agreement on the regulation governing authorisation of plant protection products and in favour of the trialogue agreement on the framework directive ensuring the sustainable use of pesticides. Among the main points of the Regulation are: Phasing out of the most dangerous pesticides over a ten year period, including those which are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction; If needed to combat a serious danger to plant health, substances can be approved for up to five years (with five year renewals); Simpler and quicker approval of pesticides that meet the safety criteria; Pesticides on the market under current legislation will remain available until their existing authorisation expires, i.e. one approved in 2006 can be sold until 2016. The reactions of the different players to these proposals are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2009

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