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EChA classification of glyphosate: Update

The European Chemicals Agency (EChA) is currently managing an evaluation of glyphosate in the context of EU legislation which governs the hazard classification and subsequent labelling requirements of substances such as pesticides and chemicals.

The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that any potential hazards associated with chemicals are clearly communicated to consumers and end users. It is worth noting, however, that this type of evaluation is not concerned with assessing the actual level of risk which may be associated with the intended use of such products.

EChA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) will meet in early December to begin to prepare a scientific opinion for a harmonised classification for glyphosate, based on the recommendations of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) and contributions received from interested third parties which were submitted as part of the public consultation which closed in July 2016.

For the first time, stakeholders from civil society, industry and academia have been invited to present their views on glyphosate classification to the RAC in advance of the December meeting. After careful assessment of available evidence, the final scientific opinion of the RAC will be sent to the European Commission for consideration and adoption which is expected during the first half of 2017.

More information about the classification process can be found on the EChA website.

Last update: 28 November 2016