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EFSA consults on agchem exposure guidance

A public consultation on draft guidance to assess the risks from exposure to pesticides for operators, workers, residents and bystanders has been opened by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). For the first time, the guidance sets out a harmonised methodology and presents a tool for calculating non-dietary exposure to pesticides for all these groups. The deadline for comments is May 20th. The latest draft would amend existing guidelines, which were last updated in 2010 (Agrow No 589, p 13). It addresses issues raised by the European Commission and EU member states since the last update, the EFSA says. The aim is to help risk assessors and industry applicants calculate the risk to those who are exposed to pesticides through their work or physical proximity to areas such as fields or greenhouses. The guidance evaluates non-dietary exposure by inhalation and absorption through the skin. The draft guidance is available at: www.efsa.europa.eu/en/consulations/call/140401.htm.

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