How Is The Safety of Crop Protection Products Ensured?

Companies take crop protection very seriously both in development and when they are used in the field. The registration of crop protection products designed to help farmers fight plant diseases, pests and competing plants is a strictly regulated and time-consuming process.

The agencies of the European Union and its member states have precisely defined the studies and documents that must be submitted for the approval of a new crop protection product. Products are approved for ten years, after which an application for reauthorization must be filed; at this time it is examined whether new findings are available that would be an obstacle to extending marketing authorization.

As with the approval processes for pharmaceuticals, vehicles, airplanes and other products, the burden of proof rests with the applicant – in other words the company that produces the product and intends to introduce it to the market. These companies therefore have to conduct comprehensive toxicological studies to demonstrate the product’s safety for humans, animals and the environment. In terms of safety aspects, the active substances in crop protection products therefore belong to the most scrupulously examined substances in the world. Bayer has taken over a leading role in its industry to improve transparency by making relevant crop protection safety studies public at

Before granting regulatory approval for glyphosate in Germany, for example, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) evaluated more than 1,000 studies from all over the world. Sources: Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety , Regulation EP and Council , Regulation EP and Council , Directive European Parliament and Council

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