Under the EU's 1991 plant protection products directive, the chemical ingredients of new pesticides must pass through a lengthy and detailed approval procedure, undertaken largely by a single member state. Products proposed for use on the US market undergo a similar procedure.
Under an agreement recently concluded, the herbicide Foramsulforon will be used as a "concrete test case" to identify the similarities and differences between the data evaluation and regulatory requirements of the EU and the US system. The deal was reached between Aventis, which developed the pesticide, the US authorities and Germany, which is responsible for assessing the product in the EU.
"If the experience proves to be a success, it may clear the way for improved cooperation in sharing the heavy burden of pesticides evaluation," the Commission said today. If successful, the cooperation will reduce the chances of trade disputes between the USA and the EU over such products. The initiative follows a similar one organised last year aiming to harmonise procedures involved in developing air quality legislation (ENDS Daily 3 December).
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