The European Parliament has called for a systematic review of all available studies on the carcinogenic risk of the herbicide glyphosate, among a series of measures aimed at strengthening the credibility of the EU pesticide approval system.
The parliamentary resolution, which is not binding, received 526 votes in favor, 66 against and 72 abstentions, the Parliament said in a statement. MEPs also called for an end, “without delay or exception”, to the use of pesticides in large areas near schools, nurseries, parks, hospitals, maternity clinics and residences.
They also defended a system of post-marketing surveillance to evaluate the effects of plant protection products on human and animal health and the environment, in the long term. Likewise, the European Parliament demanded from the Commission an epidemiological study to measure the impact of pesticides on human health and advocated setting maximum residue limits for soils and surface waters. The text called for guaranteed public access to the studies used in the authorisation process, as well as to all the data and support information related to the authorisation requests.
The text stressed the importance of transparency and the assumption of responsibilities when the authorisation is approved in the framework of the “comitology” process, meetings in which representatives of the EU Member States and the European Commission participate.
Nine years after the adoption of the European regulation on the commercialisation of phytosanitary products and after the controversy generated by the renewal of the authorisation of glyphosate in December 2017 for five more years, the Parliament decided in February 2018 to launch a special commission looking into about the authorisation process, whose recommendations were approved on Wednesday at a plenary session.