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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.

 

To download: 

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).

 

To download: 

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: Safety distances near habitations, better understanding

The Ministry of Agriculture has published a comprehensive memo (in French) on the implementation of safety distances for residents.

In particular a list of the products concerned by the incompressible safety distance of 20 meters is made available.

A series of questions and answers aimed at clarifying the implementation of this new system is also given.

 

To download: 

List of products concerned by the incompressible safety distance of 20 mètres (in French)

”Question-answer” on the implementation of the Decree No. 2019-1500 of 27 December 2019 and of the Order of 27 December 2019 (in French)

 

See also our previous articles: 

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

FRANCE – Public consultation: new system for protecting residents when using plant protection products

 

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FRANCE: New National Strategy on Endocrine disruptors

The second draft national strategy on endocrine disruptors (SNPE 2) was published in mid-January by the Ministries of Health and Ecological Transition. This new action plan will update the first national strategy, initiated in 2014. A public consultation was initiated on 14 January and will run until 8 February.

Three main objectives have been presented as part of this new national strategy:

Protect the population, train and inform

As part of this 1st objective, ANSES will be responsible for establishing a unique and scientifically robust list of endocrine disrupting substances (ED) by the end of 2021. This list will be based in particular on data from the scientific literature as well as on different already existing lists. The idea is to produce a continuously updated list shared with other Member States.

The government also wants to promote at the European level a common definition of ED in all chemical regulations ‒ which would consider 3 levels of evidence: proven, presumed and suspected.

Other actions will also be undertaken to facilitate access to information on the risks associated with the use of certain chemicals by the general public (e.g. informative website, communication campaign).

Prevent environmental contamination

As part of this 2nd objective, a platform will be created on the data.gouv.fr portal by 2020 in order to collect and centralise all the data concerning the occurrence of PE in the environmental compartments. The government also plans to strengthen the collection of data by conducting monitoring campaigns in soil and air, and by continuing and further developing the monitoring in aquatic compartments that are already in place in the context of the Water Framework Directive.

The French Agency for Biodiversity will be mandated to carry out a review of the effects of ED on the environment, as well as to discuss a possible modification of the regulatory acceptable limits of PE in environmental compartments, in consultation with the French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks.

In addition, ED will be included in the next Total Diet Study conducted by ANSES in order to monitor exposure of the population to chemicals present in foods.

Improve knowledge on endocrine disruptors

Under this 3rd objective, the executive plans to strengthen scientific research around the impact of ED on human health and the environment. A reflection will also be conducted to broaden the monitoring of ED to other health indicators, taking into account the diversity of disorders and pathologies reported in the literature.

Finally, the French government will promote the substitution of ED to industry stakeholders through working groups and projects involving various actors from industry, consumer associations, etc.

To download (in French):

Draft of strategic goals

Draft action plan

Draft of the 13 main measures

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FRANCE: Tax on Diffuse Pollution – Evolutions for 2019

The new list of substances concerned by the French tax on diffuse pollution has been published in the Order of 28 December 2018. The new list will apply by 1st January 2019.

As a reminder, concerned substances are those known for their human health or/and Environment hazards:

  • Acute toxicity for human, category 1, 2 or 3;
  • Specific target organ systemic toxicity, category 1 (single or multiple exposure);
  • CMR, category 1A or 1B;
  • Effects on or via lactation;
  • Environmental hazards (acute or chronic).

(Note: hazard classes/categories according to Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008)

 

Besides, the French finance law for 2019 introduces a revision of the tax by 1st January 2019. The new rates will range from 0.90 to 9 euros / kilogram of substance while the current rates range from 0.90 to 5.1 euros. An additional rate is also defined for substances not meeting the approval criteria of Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009 or for substances subject to the substitution scheme. This evolution is part of the French action plan on plant protection products and on a less pesticide-dependent agriculture. The tax on diffuse pollution is strengthened to encourage a reduction of the use of PPPs (in particular those with substances of concern) and to help financially for the transitions.

 

To download:

Order of 28 December 2018 modifying the Order of 22 november 2010 establishing the list of substances defined by Article R. 213-48-13 of the Environment code as regards the tax on diffuse pollution (in French)

Finance law No. 2018-1317 of 28 décember 2018 for 2019 (Article 234) (in French)

Explantory note MTES/DGALN/DEB – 20.11.2018 (in French)

 

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FRANCE: First update of the official list of biocontrol products

The French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has published the first update of the official list of biocontrol plant protection products in accordance with articles L.253-5 and L.253-7 of the Rural Code.

Some criteria of inclusion into the list were reviewed.

The note sets that the plant protection products containing an active substance candidate for substitution (Regulation (EU) 2015/408) cannot be included in the official list of biocontrol product.

As regards human health, the hazard statements H317 (skin sensitiser) and H334 (respiratory sensitiser) are not considered as criteria of exclusion anymore.

Lastly, insecticide products with a large spectrum of action are not excluded anymore either.

To download:

Note DGAL/SDQSPV/2017-289 of 28/03/2017 (in French)

 

See our previous article:

France: publication of the official list of biocontrol products

 

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FRANCE: Promotion of biocontrol – Publication of the Law ‘Potier’

The law No.2017-348 concerning the fight against agricultural land grabbing and the development of biocontrol was published on Tuesday 21 March in the French Official Journal.

As for biocontrol, the law first extends the exemptions to the pesticides ban in amenity areas, forests, public roads, and walking paths accessible or opened to the public. Indeed, the use of pesticides is authorised in case of a serious sanitary hazard threatening the sustainability of the historical or biological heritage and that cannot be controlled  by another way, including a non-chemical method.

In addition, the exemption of phytosanitary certification is extended to all biocontrol products, except those being classified, and to the basic substances. So far, this exemption only concerned the list of biocontrol plant protection products set in November 2016 in accordance with articles L.253-5 and L.253-7 of the Rural Code.

The law also extends the exemption of operator certification called Certiphyto for chemical mediators and basic substances.

Lastly, this law re-implements the plant protection products saving certificates (‘CEPP’). Indeed, the Ordinance regarding the experimental CEPP procedure was called off by the Council of State in December 2016 further to an appeal of pesticides producers and distributors.

To download:

Law No.2017-348 concerning the fight against agricultural land grabbing and the development of biocontrol  (in French)

 

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FRANCE: Re-implementation of plant protection products saving certificates (‘CEPP’)

The law No.2017-348 of 20 March 2017 concerning the fight against agricultural land grabbing and the development of biocontrol re-implements the plant protection products saving certificates (‘CEPP’). Indeed in December 2016, the Ordinance No.2015-1244 of 7 October 2015 regarding the experimental CEPP procedure was called off by the Council of State for procedural reasons further to an appeal of pesticides producers and distributors.

An assessment of the experimental procedure aiming at setting up actions contributing to savings of plant protection products will be performed and published before 1st January 2020.

A draft decree repeats the provisions of Decree No. 2016-1166 of 26 August 2016 concerning the implementation of CEPP and is subject to public consultation from 8 March to 29 March 2017. The draft decree sets the conditions and modalities for the calculation and the implementation by distributors of actions contributing to the reduction of the pesticides use, risks and impacts. The unit amount of the fixed penalty by missing CEPP Certificate on 31 December 2021 compared to the notified obligation  is 5 euros.

To download:

Law No.2017-348 concerning the fight against agricultural land grabbing and the development of biocontrol  (in French)

Public consultation: Draft decree concerning the implementation of CEPP Certificate  (in French)

 

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FRANCE: 2017 IBMA France annual conference

Lynxee consulting will participate to the annual French IBMA Conference which will be held on 31 January 2017 afternoon in Paris. Ground realities, perspectives, education, etc. are some of the topics that will be covered by the four panel discussions:

  • Cereals, oilseeds and pulses,
  • Fruit crops,
  • Vegetable crops (indoor and outdoor),
  • Amenity areas.

On this occasion, we will be pleased to answer to your regulatory questions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us right now to arrange a meeting: http://lynxee.consulting/en/contact/

Details to subscribe to the conference – mandatory (in French)

FRANCE: Additional new entries into the list of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

The Note DGAL/SDQPV/2016-447 of 30 May 2016  from the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry adds new biocontrol products to the list quoted in Article 1 of French Order of 9 March 2016 setting the tax rate on plant protection product sales revenues.

This note was published as a supplement to the Note DGAL/SDQPV/2016-279 of 31 March 2016 modified by the Note DGAL/SDQPV/2016-427 of 20 May 2016.

See our articles:

FRANCE: List of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

FRANCE: New entries into the list of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales