ANSES facilitates the reporting of adverse reactions to plant protection products
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News of 11/05/2017
The Act on the future of agriculture, food and forestry of 13 October 2014 entrusted ANSES with establishing a phytopharmacovigilance scheme. Its aim is to identify potential adverse reactions to the use of plant protection products affecting human, animal and plant health, including phenomena of emerging resistance, and to better monitor their impact on the quality of environments (air, water) and food. From today, ANSES is making available an online system to facilitate the reporting of these adverse reactions.
Since 1 July 2015, ANSES has been responsible for issuing marketing authorisations for plant protection products. The Agency was also given responsibility for establishing the phytopharmacovigilance scheme, and tasked with collecting all reports of adverse reactions related – or potentially related – to the use of a plant protection product.
Holders of marketing authorisations for plant protection products, manufacturers, as well as importers, distributors, professional users, advisers and trainers of users are required to report these adverse reactions to ANSES or to one of the organisations participating in the phytopharmacovigilance scheme.
To facilitate reporting and organise collection, the Agency has therefore put in place a specific system accessible from its website. Professionals engaging in any activity in connection with the use of plant protection products are thus invited to report any adverse reaction via this system (in French). Any other user of plant protection products can also report an adverse reaction via this new system or, if it concerns an adverse effect on human health, via the Adverse health event reporting portal of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
Three questions for Françoise Weber, Deputy Director General for Regulated Products
Today, ANSES is launching an online system to facilitate the reporting of adverse reactions related to the use of plant protection products.Could you tell us about the phytopharmacovigilance scheme set up by ANSES?
Françoise Weber: The phytopharmacovigilance scheme aims to monitor the impact and effects of plant protection products on natural environments and on human, plant or animal health. It was set up by ANSES in late 2014 under the Act on the future of agriculture, food and forestry.
What is the objective of the online reporting system launched today?
F.W.: Everyone needs to play a part in protecting human health and the environment, and ensuring that in the future, products are as safe as they are effective. Besides collecting data from the surveillance networks, the objective is also to use online reporting to gather information directly from the professionals in the field who use or sell the plant protection products, or who advise the users of these products. This is essential, in order to gather any signals relating to adverse reactions as early as possible. These field data will then be analysed and processed in conjunction with our partners. To facilitate the reporting of adverse reactions, we are launching an online reporting tool on our website.
What are the initial results of this scheme?
F.W.: First of all, the surveillance data from our network of partners are now taken into account in the assessments of active substances and plant protection products.