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RSC Response to HSE Consultation on the Implementation of European Pesticides Legislation


04 May 2010

The RSC favours maintaining the current National Strategy and Action Plans with revisions to make sure all aspects of the Directive are included. 

Regulatory testing and assessment schemes have been developed across the world, which assess safety based on risk and the scheme for crop protection chemicals is one of the most rigorous. It is based on considering both hazard and exposure and the sensible management of any risks identified to ensure the safety of the environment and those exposed to these chemicals. 

As a consequence, the RSC supports the aim of reducing any risks associated with the use of pesticides by the proper management of those risks rather than by the introduction of arbitrary use reduction targets, whether these be voluntary or statutory. 

The RSC does not support immediate action on actives "of particular concern" since this would pre-judge the outcome of registration decisions taken under the PPP Regulation and therefore violates the principles of carrying out a proper scientifically based risk assessment.


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