In March 2019, the European Commission (EC) mandated EFSA for a review of its guidance on the Risk Assessment of Plant Protection Products on Bees (EFSA Journal 2013;11(7):3295) which has still not been adopted at EU level. The scope of the mandate is to revise several areas of the current guidance document as asked by Member States and stakeholders and by considering new scientific evidence that has become available since its publication in 2013.
In particular, the EC asked for a review focused on:
- Bee background mortality,
- Exposure routes,
- The list of bee-attractive crops,
- The methodology with regard to higher tier testing.
For the purpose of the revision of the guidance, EFSA is setting up a stakeholder consultative group which will be consulted at various stages during the review and provide input to the EFSA scientific working group charged with revising the document. A call for stakeholder expert representatives was started by EFSA on 8 May 2019 with a deadline for application on 21 May 2019 (Please refer to Call to EFSA stakeholder organisations below). EFSA will select for the consultative group a maximum of 14 stakeholder expert representatives from the nomination received.
Besides, Member State’ experts will also be consulted during the revision process and a public consultation and workshop will be held once a draft of the revised document is available.
Further details including timelines about how EFSA plans to address the mandate will be published by July 2019. According to EFSA, the revised guidance is to expected in 2021.
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