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EU proposes shake-up of biocide rules

The European Commission plans to extend its enthusiasm for hazard-based registration criteria to biocides. It has proposed legislation to replace the EU biocidal products Directive (98/8), which covers a wide range of substances including non-crop pesticides. The proposals set out "exclusion criteria" to prevent authorisation of active ingredients with "very poor hazard profiles", including those that can cause cancer, mutations, reproductive problems and hormonal imbalances. Similar moves by the Commission for agrochemicals have been condemned by the industry for ignoring the importance of assessing risk, rather than intrinsic hazardous properties ( Agrow passim).

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