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Glyphosate receives a 10-year EU renewal

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The EU's re-approval of the widely used herbicide extends its usage until December 2033



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23 January 2024

Glyphosate, a widely used herbicide, has been granted re-approval for an additional 10 years, extending until December 2033. The European Union (EU) and Northern Ireland made this decision after a comprehensive review of safety and effectiveness.

The renewal process faced challenges in the Standing Committee and the Appeal Committee. However, on 28 November 2023, the European Commission adopted the Implementing Regulation to extend the approval of glyphosate for 10 years, in line with EU legislation.

The decision was based on scientific evaluations and regulatory considerations by the European Commission, responsible for pesticide regulations, and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Throughout the process, stakeholders, including NGOs and civil society organisations actively participated expressing concerns during public consultations. The decision to renew glyphosate’s approval until 2033 was grounded in an evaluation of available scientific evidence.

Glyphosate’s continued approval, subject to national evaluations, highlights its significance in weed control and sustainable farming practices in European agriculture.

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