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Re-evaluation of glyphosate: German authorities confirm previous evaluations

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Early 2014 the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and other German safety authorities have published their draft re-assessment report on the health risk assessment of glyphosate, re-assessing hundreds of studies and public domain literature. The draft report is an important step in the process to re-register active substances of pesticides, such as glyphosate. The substance glyphosate was granted EU-wide approval in 2002 and is currently undergoing a renewal process controlled by the European commission.

In the case of glyphosate, Germany is the Rapporteur Member State (RMS) who has submitted the draft of the re-evaluation report to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). In conclusion of the re-evaluation process by BfR, the available data confirms the previous evaluation: Glyphosate does not show carcinogenic or mutagenic properties, has no toxic effect on fertility, reproduction or embryonal/fetal development in laboratory animals and is not considered to pose any risk to human health.

The sub report by BfR is now available for consultation with interested stakeholders and will go into the “peer review procedure” by experts from other EU Member States.

More information about the draft re-evaluation report on glyphosate:

Last update: 20 January 2014