Glyphosate – need for a robust and credible scientific assessment of carcinogenicity

Publication - October 30, 2015
In the coming months, the EU will decide whether the world’s most used herbicide, glyphosate, which the WHO has recently linked to cancer, should still be used in the EU. The EU’s chemicals’ agency (ECHA), as well as the EU’s food safety authority (EFSA), have been asked to review the health risks. The first of these assessments, by EFSA, is expected to be released on 12 November.

A group of 47 environmental, health and cancer organisations, as well as unions, scientists and doctors, have written to health commissioner Andriukaitis and called on the Commission to ban glyphosate where the public and farmers are most exposed, until a robust and credible scientific assessment is completed.

Here is the letter written by the NGOs, and here is Commissioner Andriukaitis' answer, dated 25 November 2015.