NGO accuses EC of reneging on pesticide control pledge

PAN Europe has written to the health commissioner demanding the EU executive back up claims that it has restricted the use of a legislative loophole that allows pesticides to be placed on the market

Anti-pesticide campaigners have written to health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis demanding the EU executive back up claims that it has restricted the use of a legislative loophole that allows pesticides to be placed on the market even in the absence of full safety data.

The Commission agreed in February 2016 to follow recommendations from the EU Ombudsman to limit the use of the ‘confirmatory data procedure’ (CDP) – the practice of provisionally registering then allowing the sale of active substances in the absence of complete data sets on their health and environmental safety.

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