Biotech Updates

Glyphosate Gets 5-Year Renewal in the European Union

December 6, 2017

On November 27, 2017, the European Commission's Appeal Committee, a group of representatives of European Union (EU) Member States, voted for the renewal of the approval of glyphosate for five years. Eighteen member States representing 65.71 percenf of the EU population voted in favor of the renewal. Nine member States voted against the move, and 1 abstained.

In 2016, the 15-year license for glyphosate use in the EU expired, and it was given an 18-month extension which is set to expire on December 15, 2017. The current renewal shall enter into force on the day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, and shall apply from December 16, 2017. The regulation is binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Jonathan Storkey, Plant Ecologist and Leader of Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST), a strategic program of Rothamsted Research in the UK said, "I believe the renewal of the approval of glyphosate is to be cautiously welcomed and is the right decision. In terms of direct toxicity on non-target organisms, it is relatively benign, and it is an important mainstay of weed control. Some weed species that have evolved resistance to other herbicides would become extremely difficult to control without glyphosate and it is particularly useful in cropping systems that minimize soil disturbance which itself brings environmental benefits."

Read more comments on the renewal in Rothamsted Research. For more details about glyphosate in the EU, visit the European Commission website.