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Pesticides and health policy update - December 2009 & January 2010

Pesticides and health Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU.

The legal texts of the pesticides regulation and directive were published in the EU Official Journal on 24 Nov. This marks the important starting point for when both laws become legally binding: the regulation entered into force on 14 Dec, and applies from 14.06.2011.

The Directive on the Sustainable use of pesticides has already entered into force, and EU Member States must comply with it by 14 December 2011, including the setting up of National Action Plans.

The EU Council of Environment Ministers held a political debate on the revision of the EU Biocides Directive on December 22 2009. They stressed that environmental criteria should be added to the foreseen cut-off criteria for Biocides. The European Parliament Environment Committee will present its draft report by Christa Klass end February, with the vote scheduled for April. HEAL believes the Commission’s proposal needs to be considerably strengthened to ensure the best protection of human health and include references to protection of vulnerable populations.

HEAL’s action on pesticides and health

- On the 8th December, Lisette Van Vliet participated in the CHE Partnership call "To Ban or Not to Ban: A Review of Atrazine from Both Sides of the Atlantic". Lisette provided an overview of Europe’s decision to ban atrazine, as well as other updates on pesticides policy from Europe

- Results of HEAL’s Sick of Pesticides School Survey are currently being analysed, they will be presented later in January.

Last updated on 8 June 2011

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