IFOAM EU urges to better implement the regulation on plant protection product authorisation: Final study supporting REFIT published

Last month, Ecorys, a Brussels based consultant, published its final report about the functioning of the EU legislation (REFIT) on plant protection products and pesticides residues (Reg. (EC) No 1107/2009 and Reg. (EC) No 396/2005). IFOAM EU welcomes the fact that the main points of the organic movement have been taken into account in the study and urges the European Commission to take further steps in improving the implementation of the existing regulation.

The final report acknowledges that there is a problem with the availability of alternatives to conventional plant protection products, namely naturally-occurring substances, and that the current data requirements and procedures are not appropriate nor proportional to the potential risk they pose. It was concluded that the implementation and performance of Reg. 1107/2009 is challenging and doesn’t always reflect the objectives of human and animal health and environmental protection.

The study has been commissioned by the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) and presents the basis of the decision about the next steps of the REFIT evaluation.

IFOAM EU continues its efforts to create a better regulatory framework for natural substances. The REFIT evaluation will be concluded in the first half of 2019.

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