On April 29, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published the results of a first research on the risk to the consumer from exposure to reidues of diverse plant protection products via food. Based on the first cumulative risk assessment, there is no reason to modify existing authorisations or to revise the current maximum residue limits for individual substances.


Due to the measures of the corona crisis, we, like most other Belgians, work from home. This means that we only work electronically and that needs some adaptation.


On 16 January 2019, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on the authorisation procedure for pesticides in the European Union. Our department has analysed the recommendations to the Member States.


As of 29 July 2019, a number of fees for applications for authorisation of plant protection products will be increased. The method of calculating the annual contributions that will apply to the quantities sold in 2020 and payable in 2021 will also be modified.


Annual sales data of plant protection products are essential for several social actors and especially for those interested in the sustainable development of agriculture. This information is now available online.


The United Kingdom (UK) will normally leave the European Union soon. We shortly summarise the consequences of the Brexit for parallel import permits, for applications for plant protection products with the UK as Zonal Rapporteur Member State, for applications for mutual recognition and for the location of authorisation holders.


As of 2019, Belgium will be the first European member state to evaluate the new data requirements for bees according to the EFSA Guidance document. No agreement is reached on European level to take into account the since 2016 additionally required studies, which is why Belgium decided to take the lead.


The recently published studies that suppose to demonstrate that glyphosate is causing health issues in doses that are considered safe do not contain worrying information. Possible effects on DNA were not even examined at all.