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Green group slams EU agchem literature reviews

The EU’s aim to consider scientific reports of adverse effects when deciding on agrochemical approvals is not working, claims environmentalist group Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe. The issue relates to the requirement introduced in 2011 for applicants to provide scientific peer-reviewed literature on side-effects of active ingredients and relevant metabolites on health (Agrow No 614, p 12). But the EU authorities’ advice to include only studies complying with GLP principles results in the dismissal of “hundreds of thousands” of independent studies performed at universities and research institutes because they rarely use fixed protocols, PAN Europe claims.

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