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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Plant protection products, biocides and fertilisers

Plant protection products and biocides are used by professionals and individuals on harmful organisms to destroy, deter or render them harmless. Before they can be placed on the market, the Agency is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of these products and the risks associated with their use. It also assesses fertilisers and growing media.

Regarding marketing authorisations, these are issued on the basis of the findings of the scientific risk assessment, by ANSES for plant protection products, fertilisers and growing media and their adjuvants, and by the Ministry of Ecology for biocides.

The Agency also monitors residues of these products in food and the environment, and the emergence of resistance to these products. At the same time, ANSES supports the French authorities in the implementation of the European REACh and CLP Regulations, relating to chemical substances. In this context, it proposes priorities to the responsible ministries regarding the evaluation, authorisation and restriction, and the classification and labelling of chemical substances, and compiles dossiers for the identified substances.

ANSES announces the withdrawal of marketing authorisations for fungicidal plant protection products containing epoxiconazole in France

ANSES is today publishing its opinion on the endocrine-disrupting nature of the active substance epoxiconazole used in fungicides. On the basis of the criteria of the new European legislation on endocrine disruptors, the Agency confirmed the endocrine-disrupting properties of this substance, which is also included in the list of candidates for substitution at European level. It believes that products containing epoxiconazole need to be withdrawn ...

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