Glyphosate Facts

Transparency on safety aspects and use of glyphosate-containing herbicides in Europe


About "Glyphosate Facts"

“Glyphosate Facts” is an information portal that informs consumers and interested members of the public about the use, safety aspects and current developments of glyphosate in Europe. The portal is an initiative of the European Glyphosate Task Force (GTF), a consortium of companies that have joined resources and efforts in order to renew the European glyphosate Approval.

What is glyphosate?
Glyphosate is the active ingredient of some of the world’s most widely used broad-spectrum herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides are used predominantly in agriculture, but also to control weeds in gardens and non-cultivated areas. For farmers, glyphosate herbicides are a simple and cost-effective way of controlling particularly tough weeds that could otherwise persist for years and vastly reduce crop yields. The growing popularity of glyphosate since its introduction in 1974 can be attributed to its effectiveness, its long history of safe use and its contribution to sustainable, soil-conserving farming practices.
Why is glyphosate undergoing a renewal process?
The EU regulatory system for plant protection products dictates that active substances must be assessed in terms of their safety for humans, animals and the environment at least once every decade. The review of approval ensures that any progress in science and technology and experience gained since the active substance was last reviewed is taken into account. The substance glyphosate was granted EU-wide approval in 2002 and is currently undergoing an approval renewal process within the framework of EU regulatory arrangements in pace. The evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority will be based on a detailed Review Assessment Report drafted by the relevant Rapporteur Member State (RMS), which in the case of glyphosate is Germany. Interested parties can also engage in the process by submitting data and information. The process for the renewal of the approval of glyphosate is currently underway and is likely to be completed in 2016.

What is the job of the Glyphosate Task Force?
Companies based in 12 different EU Member States have come together to form the “Glyphosate Task Force (GTF)” in an effort to cooperate and share the work involved in the renewal procedure. This includes the submission of a dossier that considers current data and results from studies using newly approved or updated test methods– including its impact on the environment and on human health.
The GTF believes that herbicides containing glyphosate are fundamentally safe products which are crucial to the productivity and sustainability of European agriculture.

What information can I find on “Glyphosate Facts”?
Glyphosate Facts gives an overview on the use of glyphosate in the EU and its relevance for European agriculture. The focus of the portal is to provide consumers and users with the latest scientific results on the safety of glyphosate, its impact on human health and the environment. Regulators and journalists will find information on the renewal process and current developments, and topics relating to glyphosate. Please visit our Media Centre for downloadable FAQs, documents, a press archive and resources, and to contact our experts.

Last update: 31 March 2015