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Biodiversity impact comes under EU focus

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is taking a more detailed look at ways to measure the impact on biodiversity in its environmental risk assessments (ERAs) of products such as agrochemicals and genetically modified crops. The Authority already has existing guidance that addresses the risks for non-target plants and invertebrates, and the recovery of such populations after use of the authorised product. It has established a working group to analyse in depth the parameters that characterise ecological recovery of non-target populations. The resulting recommendations will be an important tool to stimulate regulatory discussions on the options for impact assessments, it says.

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