Answer – Lists of most-used chemicals and substances in coformulations – impact assessments – E-006286/2016

Member States have provided information on co-formulants in plant protection products containing glyphosate in the context of discussions of a working group — comprising experts from the EU and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Member States, the European Food Safety Authority and the Commission services — whose aim is to develop criteria for the identification of unacceptable co-formulants. All Member States, together with Norway are informed about the discussions on this topic and continue to contribute to it.

The information requested by and submitted to the Commission services does not contain details on the composition of individual plant protection products.

With regards to glyphosate-containing plant protection products, the Commission proposed to the Member States to ban the co-formulant POE-tallow amine and to restrict the conditions of use, including obligations to reinforce scrutiny of pre-harvest uses as well as to minimise the use in specific areas such as public parks and playgrounds.

These measures were supported by Member States and adopted by the Commission(1). Discussions on further measures on co-formulants in general are ongoing.

(1) Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1313 of 1 August 2016 amending Implementation Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance glyphosate. OJ L 208, 2.8.2016, p. 1‐3.

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