The advice takes the form of several recommendations. Although recognising that the EU has made significant progress in the effectiveness of its authorisation system for PPPs, the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors feels there is room for improvement regarding: clarity on protection goals and their communication; structural aspects of the system concerning who does what and when; impacts of widespread and prophylactic use of PPPs on the environment; post-market vigilance; sharing of knowledge and the capacity of expertise; availability and quality of pre-market studies; ways to address hazards, risks, costs and benefits; and preventing the misuse of science in value-based disagreements. The advice also extends to a call for a dialogue to develop an EU-wide shared vision of how citizens want their food to be produced, including the role of PPPs therein, whilst endorsing the EU’s efforts to achieve a more sustainable use of pesticides.
EU authorisation processes of plant protection products from a scientific point of view
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