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ECHA concludes glyphosate is not a carcinogen

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has concluded that glyphosate is not a carcinogen and therefore should not be classified as such.

ECHA conducted an independent review processes and after rigorously analysing the extensive data set, has classified glyphosate as non-carcinogenic, non-mutagenic, non-reprotoxic and non-genotoxic. Member States experts, stakeholders and the general public all had the opportunity to contribute to the evaluation at certain points in the process, which included a public consultation.

Richard Garnett, Chairman of the European Glyphosate Task Force (GTF) stated: "The conclusion reached by the RAC reinforces the outcome of other evaluations of glyphosate which have been conducted by regulatory authorities around the world. The scientific evidence to support the renewal of glyphosate is overwhelming. On the basis of RAC’s robust assessment of scientific evidence, there is now no barrier to Member States renewing the approval for glyphosate in the EU.”

ECHA will now present its proposal on a harmonised classification for glyphosate to the European Commission for final adoption.


More information:

ECHA’s press release can be found here.

Last update: 15 March 2017