Leicester academic’s research to be presented in European Parliament

Dr Olivia Hamlyn from Leicester Law School has produced a report into pesticides regulation which is due to be presented in the European Parliament on 7 June 2018

The report was commissioned by the European Parliamentary Research Service in September 2017 and contributes to a European Implementation Assessment (EIA) of the EU’s 2009 Plant Protection Product Regulation. The EIA was the first comprehensive study on the impact of the Regulation. The report, entitled ‘Assessing Member States’ capacity for reliable ‘authorisation of PPPs’, and its uniformity’, looks specifically at the independence and transparency of Member State authorisation of pesticides and the compliance of their authorisation procedures with the principles of precaution, sustainability and substitution. A key finding of the report is that Member State procedures for evaluating and authorising pesticides often lack transparency. This is a particularly significant finding in light of the current EU drive to improve the overall transparency of its risk assessment procedures, including those governing the controversial active substance, glyphosate.

The EIA, including supporting research, will be presented by the EIA’s authors to three European Parliament committees. This will be followed by debate over the European Parliament’s steps to further implement the regulation in light of the findings presented.

pdf file The report is available with the European Implementation Assessment (pdf)

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