Amenity Forum welcomes ECHA glyphosate decision

The decision by glyphosate should not be classified as carcinogenic in the EU, made by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) this week has been welcomed by The Amenity Forum, which represents amenity professionals across horticulture.

The Amenity Forum promotes a safe and integrated approach to pesticide use
The Amenity Forum promotes a safe and integrated approach to pesticide use

Chairman of the association Professor John Moverley said the decision ahead of a potential 15-year renewal of the substance, was an important stage in the re-approval process for glyphosate.

He said: "The ECHA’s committee for risk assessment statement that glyphosate is not a carcinogen, mutagen or toxic re-affirms previous statements and conclusions. The adopted opinion will go through a normal editorial check before it is sent to the European Commission. This is an important stage in the re-approval process for glyphosate.

The current approval for glyphosate runs until the end of 2017 and the European Commission and Member States will be considering renewal of glyphosate as an active substance in pesticides later this year. The ECHA opinion is important in this process.

Moverley added: "In considering weed, pest and disease management, the Amenity Forum supports an integrated approach always considering all the options. Glyphosate is an important element in such approaches and vital in maintaining amenity areas, keeping them safe, healthy and fit for purpose."

The Amenity Forum was set up to promote the safe and environmentally friendly use of pesticides and to campaign on behalf of the sector. At its annual conference last year the forum launched the Get Moving campaign, aimed at showing the importance of effective and safe weed control to the smooth running of things we take for granted, such as clear pathways and roads and safe railways.

The 2017 Conference will take place on 12th October at The Pirelli Stadium in Burton-on-Trent and will be on the Get Moving theme.

Other industry bodies have also welcomed the decision


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