Assessment Group

Assessment Group

Assessment Group on Glyphosate – AGG

The EU Pesticides legislation requires that the approval of all active substances must be periodically reviewed. This process starts with a scientific assessment by a rapporteur Member State, which is followed by a peer-review process overseen by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). For glyphosate the assessment process will start in December 2019 so that a decision can be taken before the expiry of the current approval in December 2022.

On 10 May 2019, four Member States (France, Hungary, the Netherlands and Sweden) were appointed to act jointly as rapporteurs for the assessment of the next application for renewal of the approval for glyphosate. The four Member States are forming the Assessment Group on Glyphosate (AGG). The AGG will conduct the scientific evaluation of the dossier submitted for the renewal of approval of glyphosate.

The AGG is committed to work in full transparency and will publish relevant information on this website. The content is under the sole responsibility of the AGG.

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Pre-submission meetings in 2019

Prior to submitting a dossier for the renewal of approval of an active substance, an applicant may request pre-submission meeting(s) with the Rapporteur Member State(s) to discuss procedural and scientific topics and obtain guidance.

In the case of glyphosate, the applicants are represented by the Glyphosate Task Force 2 (GTF2), which was renamed as the Glyphosate Renewal Group (GRG) end of 2019. The GRG is a consortium of companies applying for the renewal of the approval in the EU for the active substance glyphosate in 2022. The AGG has held five pre-submission meetings with the GRG in 2019 (three face-to-face meetings and two conference calls ). EFSA also attended some of the pre-submission meetings as an observer. Presentations that have been discussed during the meetings, as well as minutes, are published here below.

General pre-submission teleconference of 4 July 2019

General pre-submission meeting of 27 September 2019

Technical pre-submission meeting of 17 October 2019 (environmental fate, ecotoxicology and endocrine disruption properties)

Technical pre-submission meeting of 18 October 2019 (toxicology and residues in food)

Teleconference of 11 December 2019 (Evaluation of scientific peer-reviewed open literature)

Teleconference of 16 April 2020 (Evaluation of impacts on biodiversity)

Teleconference of 4 June 2020 (Submission of the supplementary dossier)

Application for renewal of glyphosate submitted

An application for renewal of the approval for glyphosate has been submitted before the deadline of 15 December 2019 by a consortium of nine companies – the Glyphosate Renewal Group (GRG).

The application document contains information on new and ongoing studies and has been sent to the four rapporteur Member States (AGG), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Commission and all other EU Member States.

This application assessed by the AGG did not meet the criteria of Regulation (EU) n° 844/2012. Therefore, the applicant was requested to submit an amended application by 23 January 2020:

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The AGG concluded that the updated application met the criteria of Regulation (EU) n° 844/2012. The application can be found on EFSA’s register of question (Pesticide dossier, EFSA question number: EFSA-Q-2020-00140)

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The complete documentation to be assessed by the AGG should be submitted by the applicant at the latest by 15 June 2020.

Supplementary dossier for renewal of glyphosate submitted

A supplementary dossier for renewal of the approval for glyphosate has been submitted before the deadline of 15 June 2020 by the Glyphosate Renewal Group (GRG) to the four rapporteur Member States of AGG.

This supplementary dossier was checked by the AGG against the requirements of Regulation (EU) n° 844/2012and did not meet all criteria. Therefore, the applicant was requested to submit an amended application by 24 July 2020:

At July 23rd, a revised supplementary dossier was received by the AGG-members. The AGG-members have assessed the completeness of the updated supplementary dossier on

Glyphosate and found that it contains all the elements provided for in Article 7 of Regulation (EU) n° 844/2012. The application is found admissible.

The updated supplementary dossier will be send to the other Member States, the European Commission and EFSA according to Article 8 (3) of Regulation (EU) No 844/2012.

In the letter, the AGG-members make remarks that need further clarification. In addition, the AGG-members took note that some final reports or studies are not yet available. These clarifications/reports are requested in accordance with Article 11(5) of Regulation (EU) No 844/2012.