Over the years, the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide glyphosate has been subject to discussion by several Expert Groups; it is currently classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. A recent press release from ECHA describes the Committee for Risk Assessment’s recent opinion on the matter, with RAC opting to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate (as a substance causing serious eye damage and toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects). The available carcinogenicity data were not considered to meet the CLP criteria for classification. The full RAC opinion is likely to be available within the next few weeks.

European Chemicals Agency (2017). Glyphosate not classified as a carcinogen by ECHA. ECHA/PR/17/06. https://echa.europa.eu/-/glyphosate-not-classified-as-a-carcinogen-by-echa

 

The above items were taken from the April 2017 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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