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From EFSA to ECHA: The long path to re-authorisation

Glyphosate, an active herbicide substance approved for use in the EU, has been undergoing renewed safety testing since 2010.

In 2015, following extensive assessment, all the relevant authorities in the EU concluded that the active substance does not harm people or the environment when used properly. However, no decision has yet been taken to re-authorise glyphosate in the EU.

A contested classification of glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen” by the IARC, the WHO’s cancer research agency, led to some uncertainty. In March 2017, ECHA, the EU’s chemicals agency, finally brought clarity to the issue: glyphosate does not cause cancer.

This evaluation is shared not only by all the relevant European authorities, but also by competent authorities and other expert groups around the world. The re-authorisation of glyphosate is now expected in the second half of 2017.

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Last update: 03 July 2017