Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2018

European Parliament News Item, 6 February 2018

PESTICIDES – European Parliament sets up special committee on EU authorisation process 

The European Parliament has adopted the mandate of a special committee to look into the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides.

The special committee is a response to concerns raised about the risk posed by the herbicide substance glyphosate. The herbicide had its marketing licence renewed by EU member states for five years in November last year.

The special committee is to assess:

The term of the special committee, which will have 30 members, is to be nine months from its first meeting. It will deliver a final report of its factual findings and recommendations, to be approved by the full House.

Next steps

The mandate was adopted by show of hands. The full House will vote on the composition of the special committee on Thursday.


In a resolution voted on in October, Parliament stated that the release of the so-called “Monsanto Papers”, internal documents from the company which owns and produces Roundup®, of which glyphosate is the main active substance, shed doubt on the credibility of some studies used in the EU evaluation on glyphosate safety, say MEPs.

The EU’s authorisation procedure, including the scientific evaluation of substances, should be based only on published, peer-reviewed and independent studies commissioned by competent public authorities, MEPs said. EU agencies should be beefed up in order to allow them to work in this way.

EP Briefing: Authorisation of pesticides in the EU - with a focus on glyphosate

This background paper provides more detailed information and is available on the EP website (click on image).



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