10 December 2019

Withdrawal of marketing authorisation for products containing glyphosate

ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) has just withdrawn authorisations for 36 of the 69 authorised products, due to a lack of scientific data ruling out any "genotoxic" risk.

Following the European Union’s five-year approval of glyphosate in 2017, ANSES is reviewing applications for marketing authorisations for glyphosate-based products marketed in France. The aim of this review is to ensure the products meet the criteria set out at European level in 2017, particularly those relating to genotoxicity and biodiversity conservation.

It is on this basis that ANSES has just announced that authorisations for 36 of the 69 products currently authorised will be withdrawn. The reason for this is the lack of scientific data ruling out any genotoxic risk. Use of such products must cease by the end of 2020. The Agency has also delivered a negative decision for four of the eleven new authorisation applications under review since January 2018.

The impact on the use of glyphosate can be assessed once all authorisation applications have been considered and evaluated by ANSES, by the end of 2020.

This decision by ANSES reinforces the Government’s commitment to ensuring that glyphosate is phased out through the deployment of alternative solutions. Hence:
  • In July 2018, the Government asked ANSES, with support from the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), to assess the uses for which non-chemical and economically-viable alternatives exist, as well as the technical and economic hurdles. The results are expected in early 2020.
  • An operational resource centre has been in place since February 2019 to promote the use of practical alternatives to glyphosate and research activities to develop these alternatives have been stepped up by the Government.