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A new legislative framework on pesticides based on the Commission proposal has recently been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council:

  1. A Regulation on placing on the market of plant protection products, specifying strict criteria for approval of substances, to ensure a high level of protection for human and animal health and the environment. In particular this Regulation provides that carcinogens, mutagens, endocrine disruptors, substances toxic for reproduction or which are very persistent will not be approved, unless exposure to humans is negligible. It also establishes a mechanism for the substitution of more toxic pesticides by safer (including non-chemical) alternatives.
  2. A Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides, which aims at reducing the risk linked to the use of pesticides, improving the quality and efficacy of pesticide application equipment, ensuring better training and education of users and developing integrated pest management schemes. Directive on sustainable use of pesticides.

Workshop on Harmonised Classification and Labelling of active substances in plant protection products - Berlin April 2011.

 
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