Achieving a High Level of Protection from Pesticides in Europe:Problems with the Current Risk Assessment Procedure and Solutions

Robinson, Claire and Portier, Christopher J. and Cavoski, Aleksandra and Mesnage, Robin and Roger, Apolline and Clausing, Peter and Whaley, Paul and Muilerman, Hans and Lyssimachou, Angeliki (2020) Achieving a High Level of Protection from Pesticides in Europe:Problems with the Current Risk Assessment Procedure and Solutions. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11 (3). pp. 450-480. ISSN 1867-299X

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Abstract

The regulation of pesticides in the European Union (EU) relies on a network of hard law (legislation and implementing acts) and soft law (non-legally binding guidance documents and administrative and scientific practices). Both hard and soft laws govern how risk assessments are conducted, but a significant role is left to the latter. Europe’s pesticide regulation is one of the most stringent in the world. Its stated objectives are to ensure an independent, objective and transparent assessment of pesticides and achieve a high level of protection for health and environment. However, a growing body of evidence shows that pesticides that have passed through this process and are authorised for use may harm humans, animals and the environment. The authors of the current paper – experts in toxicology, law and policy – identified shortcomings in the authorisation process, focusing on the EU assessment of the pesticide active substance glyphosate. The shortcomings mostly consist of failures to implement the hard or soft laws. But in some instances the law itself is responsible, as some provisions can only fail to achieve its objectives. Ways to improve the system are proposed, requiring changes in hard and soft laws as well as in administrative and scientific practices.

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Journal Article
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European Journal of Risk Regulation
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17 Apr 2020 08:45
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