Further EFSA guide on agchems in soil
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has added to its guidance on agrochemicals in soil by issuing further scientific details on predicting environmental concentrations of products. The latest opinion follows a consultation held last year ( Agrow No 621, p 11). It covers the science behind a new tiered approach for assessing the exposure of soil organisms, which was issued by the EFSA last month ( Agrow No 632, p 10). The methodology has been developed for concentrations in soil and in soil pore water. It applies to spray applications to annual crops under conventional or reduced tillage and takes account of intended area of use in each of the three new regulatory geographic zones (north, centre and south) for product approvals under the EU agrochemical registration Regulation (1107/2009). The document is on the EFSA website at: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/2562.htm.