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Health & Consumer Voice - October - 2011 Edition

First Appeal Committee used for Asulam

The European Commission proposed not to include Asulam – an herbicide used in agriculture - in the EU pesticides register.

Asulam was the subject of the first Appeal Committee procedure under new comitology rules introduced in February 2011. Under these new rules, the Commission may still adopt its proposal in cases of ‘no opinion’, in other words where Member States have failed to either approve or reject the Commission proposal by qualified majority of their votes.

A formal opinion on Asulam is necessary for two reasons: requirement for approval or non-approval of this substance by 31 December 2011 due to Commission Regulations 33/2008 and 1107/2009; technical reasons related to the consumer risk assessment.

As an Appeal Committee failed to reach an agreement in favour or against the non-inclusion, the Commission will now proceed with the adoption of the draft implementing act, in other words the non-inclusion of Asulam in the pesticides register.

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