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EU member states have supported draft decisions not to renew the EU approvals for the insecticides, chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl.
A European Commission paper “addressing” the controversial issue of regulating new breeding techniques (NBTs) in plants as genetically modified organisms may appear in the spring, according to a leaked document released by environmentalist group Greenpeace.
The European Ombudsman has rejected a complaint that the European Commission was wrong to delay a decision on a maximum residue limit (MRL) for the herbicide, glyphosate, on a specific crop until a general review of all glyphosate MRLs had been completed.
A targeted reduction in pesticide use is needed because suggested measures in the European Commission’s EU Pollinators Initiative do not go far enough, says the European Parliament’s Environment Committee.
The European Commission has signed off approvals for eight genetically modified crop lines that had been stalled in the authorisation system for up to six months.
Gero Eck and Eva Eschenbach from Eurofins Agroscience Regulatory discuss obstacles for product registration arising from the environmental assessments of formulations containing more than one active ingredient.
BCPC Congress 2019 in Brighton covered a wide range of topics ranging from the regulatory situation in crop protection and gene editing, policy issues, sustainability and emerging technologies. Jonathan Shoham and George Partington from Phillips McDougall report on the event.
The European Parliament has voted in favour of the new European Commission, allowing it to start operating on December 1st for five years.
EU approvals for three active ingredients for use in wood preservatives have been extended because of decisions to conduct full evaluations prior to their renewal.
The European Parliament has objected to European Commission proposals to approve the import of four genetically modified herbicide-tolerant maize, cotton and soybean lines.
For the second time, EU member states have refused to give majority backing to measures that would stop Lithuania and Romania from granting emergency approvals for certain uses of neonicotinoid insecticides.
The European Commission’s approach to lowering maximum residue limits (MRLs) for the fungicide, picoxystrobin, earlier this year and not renewing its EU approval in 2017 have been criticised by Brazil as being impractical and unscientific.
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