EUROPE: RMS allocation to the AIR 6 substances

Regulation (EU) No 686/2012 indicates for each active substance a rapporteur member state (RMS) and a co-rapporteur member state (co-RMS) that have been allocated for the renewal procedure.

AIR 6 active substances are substances whose approval expires between 31 March 2025 and 27 December 2028 and for which the evaluation had not yet been allocated. The allocation of RMS and co-RMS is set by Regulation (EU) 2020/1093 for each AIR 6 active substance.

 

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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2020/1093 of 24 July 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 686/2012 allocating to Member States, for the purposes of the renewal procedure, the evaluation of active substances whose approval expires between 31 March 2025 and 27 December 2028

 

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FRANCE: Glyphosate – Withdrawal of the consortium selected to conduct complementary toxicological studies

Following the selection of the teams as part of the call for tenders for the conduct of several complementary in vitro and in vivo studies on the potential carcinogenicity classification of glyphosate, harsh criticism has called into question the deontology and independence of ANSES. The consortium selected and composed of seven laboratories was accused of being linked to members of the Agency’s expert committee who had participated in the development of the study programme.

In order to avoid any climate of tension and suspicion regarding the results of the studies and thus impact the scientific debates, the consortium has announced the withdrawal of its participation. The project conducted by the International agency for research on cancer (IARC) is maintained and will be funded by ANSES. An original study to explore potential genotoxic effects of glyphosate following long-term exposure of cell cultures was proposed.

 

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Study of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate: ANSES announces the withdrawal of the consortium selected to conduct complementary toxicological studies (in French)

 

See also our previous articles: 

FRANCE: Glyphosate – Teams selected to conduct complementary studies

 

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FRANCE: Note on safety distances for the protection of residents from PPP spray drift

ANSES published a note on the provisions in force concerning measures to protect people when using plant protection products, specifying in particular the relationship between marketing authorisations and horizontal regulatory provisions.

 

The procedures according to the categories of persons to be protected have been laid down as follows:

  • Residents or persons present at the time of treatment: minimum safety distance to be respected, specified in the decision of marketing authorisation since May 2019: distance of 3 m, 5 m or 10 m + anti-drift nozzle if necessary.

 

  • Areas frequented by pupils and children : products are forbidden, except for low-risk products or those whose classification contains only certains hazard statements (H400, H410, H411, H412, H413 or EUH059).

 

  • Proximity to areas frequented by pupils, children and places with vulnerable people (elderly, sick, etc.):

– Adapted protection measures: hedges, personal protective equipment for treatment, restricted dates and times for application, minimum distances.

– By default, minimum distances from places with vulnerable people (depending on the crop): proposal of 50 m for orchards, 20 m for vineyards and 5 m for field crops.

– For plant protection products classified (H300, H310, H330, H331, H334, H340, H350, H350i, H360, H360F, H360D, H360FD, H360Fd, H360Df, H370, H372) or containing an active substance considered to have endocrine disrupting effects (if no other distance fixed by the marketing authorisation): > 20 m (incompressible distance).

Biocontrol products or with a low-risk active substance: no distance to be set.

Other products:

– If no charter: > 10 m (high crops: orchards, vineyards, trees and shrubs, forest, small fruits and ornamental crops higher than 50 cm, bananas and hops) or 5 m (low crops: other agricultural and non-agricultural uses).

Approved departmental charter: Possible distance reduction: 3 or 5 m (high crops) and 3 m (low crops).

 

  • Proximity of areas adjacent to residential areas (buildings and amenity areas next to these buildings) :

– Protection measures formalised in the charters.

– For plant protection products classified (H300, H310, H330, H331, H334, H340, H350, H350i, H360, H360F, H360D, H360FD, H360Fd, H360Df, H370, H372) or containing an active substance considered to have endocrine disrupting effects (if no other distance fixed by the marketing authorisation): > 20 m (incompressible distance).

Biocontrol products or with a low-risk active substance: no distance to be set.

Other products:

– If no charter: > 10 m (high crops) or 5 m (low crops).

Approved departmental charter: Possible distance reduction: 3 or 5 m (high crops) and 3 m (low crops).

 

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Safety distances for the protection of residents – Articulation between marketing authorisations and other horizontal regulatory provisions (In French)

 

See also our previous articles: 

FRANCE – Implementation of the New System for Protecting Residents from PPP Spray Drift

 

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FRANCE – ANSES: Covid-19 – Extension of temporary procedures for submitting dossiers

The note concerning the procedures for submitting dossiers during the period of confinement has been updated and extends until 31 August 2020 the four submission procedures previously communicated (see our previous article).

 

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Applications for pesticide products, fertilisers and crop supports, and adjuvants – Covid-19: new procedures for submitting dossiers, updated version to 17/07/2020. (in French)

 

See also our previous articles: 

FRANCE – ANSES: Covid-19 – New temporary procedures for submitting dossiers

 

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FRANCE: Air quality monitoring, Anses identifies 32 priority substances

A national survey of pesticide substances in outdoor air (campagne nationale exploratoire des pesticides, CNEP) was jointly conducted by Anses, Ineris and the Network of Approved Air Quality Monitoring Associations (AASQA) from June 2018 to June 2019. The survey aimed at “obtaining a photograph” of the substances present in the ambient air. The 75 substances investigated are, as appropriate, part of plant protection products, biocide products, veterinary medicines and pest control medicines for human use. These substances had been prioritised by Anses based on their hazard characteristics and on criteria for their use, emission and persistence in air.

Anses has just published a first interpretation of the survey results. It is a first step towards a proposal in the coming months for a permanent national monitoring of pesticides in air. 

Based on current knowledge, the results lead to the conclusion that there is not strong health issue  associated to the exposure of  the general population via outside air.

 

Among the 70 substances actually found in the outside air, Anses identifies 32 substances requiring further review for possible integration into a national pesticide monitoring plan in air: Deltamethrin, Diuron, Epoxiconazole, Etofenprox, Fenarimol, Iprodione, Lindane, Linuron, Metribuzin, Myclobutanil, Pentachlorophenol, Phosmet, Permethrin, 2,4-D, Boscalid, Chlorothalonil, Chlorpropham, Chlorpyriphos-ethyl, Cyprodinil, Fenpropidin, Fluazinam, Folpel, Glyphosate, Metazachlor, Oxadiazon, Pendimethalin, Propyzamide, Pyrimethanil, S-metolachlor, Spiroxamine, Tebuconazole, Triallate.

 

Among these 32 substances, 9 are banned (substances outlined above) and will be subject to an in-depth additional expert work by Anses very soon. Priority will be given to lindane, considered as one of the most hazardous substances (with carcinogenic, and/or reprotoxic and/or proven endocrine disrupting effects), and quantified in nearly 80% of analysed samples, even though this substance has been banned in France for many years.

 As regards the other priority substances, that are currently authorised, complementary expert work will soon be undertaken.

 

To download:

Press release of 2 July 2020 (In French)

AST Report from Anses as regards the first interpretation of the national pesticides survey results (CNEP) in ambient air (In French)

Report on data exploitation (INERIS) (In French)

 

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FRANCE – Public consultation: Extension of the ban of plant protection products in 2022

Since 1st January 2017, the use of plant protection products for amenity uses (amenity areas, forest and areas accessible or open to the public) is banned by the Labbé’s law except for biocontrol products officially listed by the Ministry of Agriculture in accordance with articles L.253-5 and L.253-7 of the Rural Code, for low-risk products as defined by Regulation (EC) No.1107/2009 and for organic farming (UAB) products. The Labbé’s law also bans the use and possession of the same plant protection products by non-professional users since 1st January 2019.

Extension of Labbé’s law bans to living spaces from 2022

A draft Order published for public consultation on 2 July until 16 August 2020 plans to extend from 1 July 2022 the ban on the use of plant protection products to:

  • residential areas (including condominium gardens, private parks and gardens, hotel residences, campsites, family gardens, amusement parks, commercial areas, workplaces, cemeteries, educational institutions, health facilities, social and medico-social facilities and maternal assistant homes),
  • and sport grounds.

Exemption for sport equipments

An exemption until 1st July 2025 is planned for high-level and competition sport grounds. After the 1st July 2025, the draft Order plans the possibility to set by an Order a list of uses exceptionally subject to derogation where no alternative technical solution will permit to obtain the quality required in the context of official competitions.

 

The file for consultation is available on the Public Consultations page of the website of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition.

 

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Draft Order as regards measures to protect people when using plant protection products nearby residential areas and places for collective use and modifying the Order of 4 May 2017 as regards the placing on the market and the use of plant protection products and their adjuvants referred to in article L. 253-1 of the French Rural Code  (in French)

 

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