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

Glyphosate, one of the world’s most widely used pesticides that has been linked to multiple negative health effects, was reauthorized for a period of five years on the European market in 2017. This decision was a controversial one, particularly as the official assessment on the carcinogenicity of this pesticide was based on a flawed and distorted use of EU guidelines and guidance documents [1]. These criticisms have also raised more general questions about the way European authorities perform carcinogenicity assessments. In an effort to find answers to these questions, we have performed a review of the carcinogenicity sections of the draft Renewal Assessments Reports (RARs) of ten different pesticides.