The Guidance Documents used in pesticide risk assessment fail to provide the high level of protection that the EU law requires, particularly for the environment and its species, and they urgently need to be revised. Furthermore, many of them have been co-written by the industry.
During the meeting of the coalition with European Commission’s DG Sante in February, the Commission proposed to the coalition to submit a priority list of the Guidance Documents that it considers they should be revised. Following internal discussions, a priority list of the Guidance Documents that need to be revised urgently (and one that is missing) as they fail to fulfill the provisions of Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 was sent to DG Sante.
The list included the following:
1) Guidance Document on Terrestrial Ecotoxicology
2) Guidance Document on the assessment of the relevance of metabolites in groundwater
3) Guidance Document on Persistence in Soil
4) FOCUS (1997 and 2001) Surface Water Models and scenarios
5) Guidance on toxicity of pesticides on amphibians