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French agchem approval responsibilities to shift

The responsibility for issuing marketing authorisations approvals for crop protection products in France will move to the national food safety agency, the Anses, from July. The approvals have until now been granted by the Ministry of Agriculture while the Anses has been involved in evaluating pesticide registration dossiers. The move is part of the changes outlined in the country's Act 2014-1170 passed in October 2014 on the future of agriculture. In order to reconcile the independence of its scientific expertise with the management of authorisations, the agency will introduce a “phytopharmacovigilance scheme” to collect all available data on the impact of the use of products on human health, fauna, flora and the environment. Additionally, it will continue to monitor the effects of pesticides on human health by initiating independent studies. The results of the expert appraisal on exposure of agricultural workers to pesticides and the conclusions of the “Pesti'home” study on domestic uses of pesticides will also be made available this year. The Anses will also play an active role in the implementation of government commitments in public health, such as assessment of endocrine disruptors.

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