EUROPE-EFSA: Latest Progress in the Revision of the 2013 Bee Guidance

In March 2019, the European Commission mandated EFSA for a review of its guidance on the Risk Assessment of Plant Protection Products on Bees (EFSA Journal 2013;11(7):3295). In this context, EFSA released two reports this summer.

The first report is the outcome of the EFSA collection of evidence on background bee mortality rates and in particular considering realistic beekeeping management and natural background mortality. A systematic literature review was supplemented with a survey sent to European bee keepers. The collection, which covers the tree bee groups (honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees), provides solid grounds on background mortalities and will serve as a base for the revision of the EFSA guidance (2013).

The EFSA working group also published a supporting document addressed to risk managers about possible approaches to defining the specific protection goals (SPGs) that will be used in the EFSA guidance (2013) review. The document proposes 4 alternative approaches:

  1. Establish acceptable effect based on long-term colony survival, or,
  2. Derive threshold of acceptable effect on colony size based on their natural variability, or,
  3. Define acceptable levels on colony/population size (approach currently considered in the EFSA guidance 2013), or,
  4. Define levels of acceptable impact on the provision of the ecosystem services.

More details on approaches and associated pros and cons are available in the report (see the link below).

For the next step, risk managers will have to decide which of the approaches EFSA should use for the revision of the guidance. It is noted that the initial schedule is slightly delayed as this step was initially expected to be done by end of May 2020.

As a reminder, the publication of the revised EFSA guidance on bees is scheduled for Q1 2021.

 

To download: 

EFSA’s review of the evidence on bee background mortality – EFSA Supporting publication 2020:EN-1880.

Supporting document for risk managers on specific protection goals for bees – 22 June 2020.

 

See also our previous articles:

EUROPE-EFSA: Workplan for the Revision of the 2013 Bee Guidance Published   

 

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FRANCE: Update of the list of spray drift reduction equipment

The French list of spray drift reduction equipment was updated by DGAL/SDQSPV/2020-475 note of 23 July 2020. This note repeals the previous one DGAL/SDQSPV/2020-132 of 19 February 2020.

These equipments allow the reduction of the width of unsprayed buffer zones from water bodies, as well as the safety distances nearby residential areas in accordance with the Order of 04 May 2017 modified by the Order of 27 December 2019. New equipments were added for vineyards, orchards and low crops.

 

To download: 

Note de service DGAL/SDQSPV/2020-475 (in French)

 

Text of reference:

Arrêté du 27 décembre 2019 relatif aux mesures de protection des personnes lors de l’utilisation de produits phytopharmaceutiques et modifiant l’arrêté du 4 mai 2017 relatif à la mise sur le marché et à l’utilisation des produits phytopharmaceutiques et de leurs adjuvants visés à l’article L. 253-1 du code rural et de la pêche maritime (in French).

 

See also our previous articles: 

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

 

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