The GRG's statement on the updated timelines for glyphosate assessments
On May 10th 2022, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a press release (link), informing that the evaluation for the renewal of the EU authorisation of the active substance glyphosate, as stipulated by the EU Plant Protection Regulation (Regulation (EC) 1107/2009), will be delayed.
Under the EU Plant Protection Regulation such a delay would result in a dedicated regulatory procedure leading to an extension of the approval period for glyphosate while the process of renewal continues until a final decision is made.
The Glyphosate Renewal Group (GRG) recognizes that such procedural delays, together with an extension of the current approval period, are standard practices of the EU regulatory process.
It is also expression of a very transparent procedure that provides the opportunity for all interested parties to take part in the process and submit information and comments including Member States, NGOs and civil society.
The GRG acknowledges the decision to extend the approval period as it gives EFSA additional time to thoroughly evaluate the renewal application and all the relevant science.
The GRG remains committed to complying and contributing to all aspects of the EU’s ongoing process to re-assess glyphosate as required by EU law in a transparent and timely manner and based on the best available science.
Around the world, regulatory bodies continue to conclude that glyphosate-based products can be used safely and do not pose a risk to human health when used as directed.
The GRG is confident that the competent authorities are going to conclude at the end of their thorough evaluation that glyphosate meets the EU reapproval requirements.
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