Mixed fortunes for pesticide makers at EU court

Agrichem set for positive verdict on ethofumesate; Cheminova loses battle for temporary reprieve of malathion

An advisor to the European court of justice has delivered an opinion on EU pesticide controls that industry lawyers say could massively undermine data protection rights for firms that have invested in generating substance safety information.

In a recommendation published last week British advocate general Eleanor Sharpston says Dutch firm Agrichem BV should be allowed to continue marketing the pesticide ethofumesate without being required to resubmit a full set of data about the substance.

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