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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.

Glyphosate: ANSES publishes the results of its comparative assessment with the available non-chemical alternatives

As part of the government's glyphosate withdrawal plan, ANSES undertook an assessment of non-chemical alternatives to this herbicide. Its results were published on 9 October 2020. Use of glyphosate is now restricted to situations where there is no substitute for this substance in the short term. These restrictions are now taken into account by the Agency when issuing marketing authorisations for products containing glyphosate. 

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