Major shake-up of EU pesticide approvals agreed

The EU has agreed a new regime for granting market approval to pesticides. New rules will replace a system in place since 1991 that has suffered from delays in processing risk assessments and controversy over the fate of individual substances.

A second-reading compromise deal to revise the EU's plant protection products directive was reached in Strasbourg on Wednesday by negotiators from the European parliament and the council of ministers. Both institutions will have to formally approve the deal before it enters into force.

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