As announced in its press release IP/09/402 of 12 March 2009, the European Commission has completed its review of about 1000 active ingredients placed on the market before 1993. Some 250 substances passed the scrutiny of the harmonised EU risk assessment programme, while about 70 failed the evaluation and have been removed from the market. Of the remainder, dossiers were either not submitted or were incomplete, or the active substances were withdrawn by industry. In celebratory mood at the completion of the ‘existing’ pesticide phase, the Commission has launched an active substances database that provides links to the relevant safety assessments/legislation on pesticides, and also gives brief information on their legislative status and toxicology (e.g. ADIs, ARfDs and AOELs where available). The database is available on the European Commission website via (which also provides access to the pesticide MRL database). {181273}

The above item was taken from the April 2009 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).

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