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Australian pesticide authority: Glyphosate does not pose a cancer risk

From DO'Neil at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, The recently published regulatory position report of the Australian Pesticides Authority APVMA concludes that glyphosate does not pose a cancer risk to humans when used in accordance with the label instructions. APVMA has assessed recent reports and data on potential health effects associated with the use of glyphosate. The weight-of-evidence evaluation by the Australian authority also included a commissioned review of IARC’s classification of glyphosate as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’.
APVMA stated that “it is not the role of the IARC to consider how a formulated chemical product is used, or how human exposure can be minimised by following safety directions on a product label. This means the findings of IARC cannot be directly compared to assessments conducted by regulatory authorities for the purposes of approval or registration of a pesticide product.”
The authority’s evaluation also builds on risk assessments undertaken by expert bodies and regulatory agencies around the world, including the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), and the New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).  They all concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans. Consequently, to date no international regulator has banned the use of glyphosate in any country following the IARC classification.

The Australian authority is now inviting comments and suggestions on the scientific justification for the proposed regulatory position on glyphosate. Comments on this report will be assessed before the Final Regulatory Position Report is published.
More information is available on the APVMA website. The full proposed regulatory position report is available on the APVMA website here.

Last update: 08 December 2016