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Pesticides: EU Action

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL1958, tabled on 12 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Commission and European Parliament about risk management when approving or banning insecticides, herbicides and fungicides since June 2010.

Answered on

25 October 2017

Under a legal framework settled in 2009, decisions on whether to approve the marketing and use of active substances used in insecticides, herbicides and fungicides are taken by the European Commission under a procedure that involves technical specialists in working groups and Member States’ participation in decision-making.

The approval process has two main stages. The first, run by the European Food Safety Authority, is a scientific assessment of the potential risks to people and to the environment. UK scientists participate in this work. The second is a discussion between the European Commission and the Member States on the management of risk and the approval decision. Again, the UK participates fully in this work.

The European Parliament does not have a role in the approval process and the government has not had discussions with the European Parliament on this issue.