Commission accused of approving pesticides without tests

Green campaigners have accused the European Commission of approving the use of pesticides in Europe without scientific tests on their health impacts, against the requirements set in EU regulations.

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN) analysed the EU’s pesticide database and the testing requirements on 33 substances of the 188 approved since the ban of endocrine disruptors was enforced.

The organisation found that 31 substances were granted a license “without any scientific test” to check if they interfere with the hormonal system. This occurred despite seven of the 33 sampled pesticides had already been identified as endocrine disruptors in 2016.

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