Glyphosate: ANSES launches a comparative assessment with the available alternatives



 Following the five-year re-approval of this active substance at European level in December 2017, ANSES is reassessing marketing authorisations for products containing glyphosate. For products for which an application for authorisation or re-authorisation has been submitted, the Agency will carry out a comparative assessment with the available alternatives. For each glyphosate-based product, all uses for which there is an alternative that meets the substitution criteria will therefore be prohibited. The Agency has also just notified manufacturers of the expiration of marketing authorisations for 132 preparations for which no renewal applications have been submitted.

One hundred and ninety glyphosate-based products currently have marketing authorisation (MA) or a parallel trade permit in France. Following the re-approval of the active substance at European level in December 2017, 58 renewal applications and 11 new MA applications were submitted to ANSES.

The Agency has just begun assessing these applications on the basis of a comparative assessment of the products.

Drawing on the information provided to it, especially by INRA, on the alternatives that are available and in common use in France, ANSES will compare glyphosate-based products with the non-chemical prevention or control methods available for each use. For each glyphosate-based product, all uses for which there is an alternative that meets the substitution criteria will therefore be prohibited.

The Agency has also just notified manufacturers of the expiration of validity on 15 December 2018 of 132 MAs for which no renewal applications have been submitted. Products already held by professionals must be used by 15 June 2019 at the latest.

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