The NFU has concerns the number of pesticide active ingredients (AIs) affected by endocrine disruptor legislation could number 40-50 rather than around the mid-20s.
The EC recently published a regulation setting out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine disrupting properties of active substances. The criteria will apply for all new and ongoing applications for plant protection products from October 20, 2018.
Dr Chris Hartfield, senior regulatory affairs advisor, plant health unit, NFU, says the Commission is expected to publish a strategy on implementation this month. “It also should be publishing new guidance around implementation. There have been lots of discussion and debate and depending on what is in the guidance we have some significant concern that a wider scope of actives will be captured than originally.”
While it is currently unclear which actives will be captured, Dr Hartfield says it could number 40-50 rather than in the mid-20s as originally anticipated. “The guidance is on its fourth revision, has been chewed over and over and our concern is it could capture more than expected.”