European bee policy criticized by industry

The new Guidance Document on Risk Assessment of Plant Protection Products on Bees sets unrealistic expectations and enforces measures that will be impractical for Member States and applicants to carry out. This disproportionate scheme fails to optimise bee protection and the delivery of sustainable productive agriculture in Europe.

Released on July 4th, the overly conservative Guidance Document from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ignores relevant cases and a wealth of evidence by requiring more than 96% of active substances to enter into unnecessary, time-consuming and costly higher-tier testing. “The EFSA review promised new measures to protect bees and foster the sensible science-based approach that we need today in Europe, but instead it creates an unworkable process”, said ECPA Director General, Friedhelm Schmider.

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