EFSA renews pesticide networks
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has renewed the three-year mandates of its two pesticide networks, which assist the co-ordination of risk assessments and residue monitoring with EU member states. The renewal reflects the fact that the current structure has proved to be “very efficient”, it notes. The Pesticide Steering Network has played an “essential role” in planning the risk assessment programme during the transition to the new EU agrochemical registration Regulation (1107/2009). Other key work in 2012-14 included the integration of: the risk assessment and maximum residue limit (MRL) setting processes, by encouraging applicants to submit MRL applications with their approval applications; and the EFSA’s peer review of ais with the European Chemicals Agency’s opinions on harmonised classification and labelling. The main activity of the Pesticide Monitoring Network focused on data collection and discussing new methods for assessing risks to consumers.