Glyphosate Interim Registration Review Period Extended

On May 6, 2019, the EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register concerning the EPA’s Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision for glyphosate. This document extends the comment period for 60 days, from July 5, 2019 to September 3, 2019 and is being taken after receiving public comments requesting additional time to review the Glyphosate Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision and supporting materials.

The EPA goes through periodic reviews of all pesticide registrations as part of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to make sure that each pesticide continues to meet standards for safety and performance without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. As part of the registration review process, the Agency has completed a proposed interim registration review decision for the pesticide glyphosate.

Glyphosate is a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicide that has been registered for more than 40 years. It has undergone more thorough toxicological testing than almost any other active substance used in pesticides. In 2017, EPA published comprehensive ecological and human health risk assessments for glyphosate. No human health risks were identified. The agency determined that glyphosate is not carcinogenic to humans, and as part of other risk assessments, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) evaluated more than 3,000 studies. They found no indications of nerve damage or of carcinogenic or mutagenic properties. Nor is glyphosate associated with reproductive toxicity.

Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and is sold under more than 40 trade names. If you would like to provide public comment, please click Read More below and follow the instructions through regulations.gov. You can also contact them with questions at glyphosateRegReview@epa.gov or 703-347-0292.

About the Author

Casey Reynolds, PhD
Dr. Casey Reynolds is the Executive Director at Turfgrass Producers International

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