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Unprecedented situation as politics triumphs over science

The GTF is profoundly disappointed at the outcome of today’s meeting whereby Member States categorically ignored scientific advice in renewing the approval of the active substance glyphosate.

Member States voted by qualified majority at the Appeal Committee on Monday 27th November to approve the use of glyphosate in the EU for a period of 5 years. The GTF considers this decision to be discriminatory against glyphosate, not related to any scientific assessment and mainly influenced by public perception and driven by politics.

The comprehensive risk assessments conducted by the BfR, EFSA and ECHA clearly concluded that glyphosate poses no unacceptable risks. The EU review represented an extensive and thorough evaluation of glyphosate. The dossier on glyphosate includes over 90,000 pages of data and information, including 353 new studies. Its outcome reflects conclusions which are based on science and a weight of evidence approach. Glyphosate, therefore, meets or exceeds all requirements for full renewal under EU regulation.

A credible and predictable EU regulatory process is the only way to provide certainty for industry, farmers and the broad spectrum of glyphosate users.

The extraordinary politicisation of the EU process to renew glyphosate is unparalleled and is likely to have far-reaching consequences on the integrity of EU institutions and the regulatory process to ensure the safety of active substances in the EU.

The unpredictability and uncertainty on the outcome of such decisions is also likely to compromise future investments in the EU from the agro-chemical industry. Decisions of this nature should be thoroughly science-based and not driven by political, media or NGO pressure.

In the immediate term, this decision seriously undermines the credibility of the EU legislative framework within an international context and will put European agriculture at a competitive disadvantage.

Last update: 27 November 2017