CHRONICALLY UNDERRATED? A review of the European carcinogenic hazard assessment of 10 pesticides

This report, commissioned by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Germany and by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), examines how EU Member States (acting as “Reporting Member States”, RMS) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assess the risk that pesticides cause human cancer. It does so by comparing the actual risk assessments performed with the recommendations that follow from OECD guidelines on the performance of carcinogenicity studies and the guidance provided by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), as well as with the requirements imposed by EU instruments themselves, in particular the 2008 and 2009 regulations on the conditions under which pesticides can be placed on the market.1