In view of the time and resources necessary for completing the assessment of applications for the renewal of approvals for all the active substances of AIR4 work programme, Commission Implementing Decision 2016/C 357/05 was published on 29 September 2016 with the aim of grouping together similar active substances setting priorities on the basis of safety concerns for human and animal health or the environment as provided for in Article 18 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.
The Decision states that the assessment of applications for the renewal of approvals of presumed low-risk active substances and active substances expected to fall under the “cut-off” criteria of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 shall be prioritised without delay or with as little delay as possible.
The approval of other substances can be extended in due time if necessary in accordance with Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. These prioritising rules covers groups 2, 3 and 4 as defined in the AIR 4 working document SANTE-2016-10616–rev 3 (July 2016).
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