Bee Life European Beekeeping Coordination edited this article to give an overview of the situation regarding the risk assessment of pesticides on bees in Europe.
It explains the authorization process of an active substance or pesticide at European and national level. It reminds the legal obligation to assess the risk of pesticides on the basis of appropriate methodologies.
It highlights the legally required data to be provided to the competent authorities. Finally, it explains what are the risk assessment methodologies (guidelines) and tracks the history of the methodologies currently in place vis-à-vis the new EFSA methodologies. It highlights the political blockage regarding the application of the EFSA guidelines, the current context and the stakeholders involved in the dynamic.
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