ANSES to initiate a call for tenders to examine the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate


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In an opinion , ANSES has drafted specifications for further studies on the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. The associated call for tenders is to be issued in the coming days. This research will investigate glyphosate’s possible carcinogenic mechanisms of action and assess their relevance for humans.

Glyphosate is an active substance used in many herbicides. In December 2017, the European Union re-approved its use for a further five years. As part of the national Glyphosate withdrawal plan designed to phase out its main uses by the end of 2020, ANSES is carrying out a series of studies on this active substance and the products containing it.

Following the controversy on the carcinogenic classification of glyphosate, ANSES was asked to draw up specifications for one or more toxicology studies in order to improve knowledge of the substance’s carcinogenic potential.

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