15 December 2022
England is NOT part of the EU and consequently has it's our own agrochemicals approval process when it comes to product regulation and approval.
However, it should be of concern to the majority of UK farmers to note that at the meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed held on 14 October 2022, the Member States vote did not produce a clear majority for the renewed registration of Glyphosate. Luxembourg, Malta and Croatia opposed the proposal, while France, Germany and Slovenia abstained.
During the review process Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s) submitted an open letter to Commissioner Kyriakides highlighting their concerns about the renewal assessment procedure and in particular about the credibility of studies submitted by the applicant in the renewal dossier and about the use of scientific peer-reviewed open literature in the risk assessment. The NGOs also asked for financial support from the Commission for an ongoing study by the Ramazzini Institute.
If a renewal procedure cannot be concluded prior to the current expiry of the approval on 15 December 2022 – (in theory) that’s it for Glyphosate in Europe!