On 28th June 2019 EFSA published its latest technical report (EFSA Supporting publication 2019:EN-1673) outlining discussions and recommendations from a general ecotoxicology experts’ meeting, Pesticide Peer Review Meeting 185, which took place in October 2018. This latest report follows on from a similar document in 2015 (EFSA Supporting publication 2015:EN-924). The recommendations will be applied during the EFSA peer review of active substances and they are expected to provide additional clarifications to applicants and rapporteur Member States regarding the scientific interpretation of the relevant issues when preparing dossiers and assessment reports. Furthermore, it is expected that these recommendations will be taken into consideration during the revision of the relevant guidance documents in the area of ecotoxicology.
Topics covered in this latest report include, but are not limited to, extrapolation of ecotoxicological studies between different agroclimatic conditions, use of residue data to support ecotoxicological assessments and recommendations on aquatic mesocosm experiments, non-target arthropod aged residue studies and recovery, acceptable minimum time for in-field recolonization, interim revision of the vegetation distribution factor (VDF), use of de Jong et al (2010) and de Jong et al (2006) guidance respectively for non-target arthropod and earthworm field studies.
APC and Staphyt Regulatory’s ecotoxicology team can support you in the study monitoring and risk assessment of all non-target organism groups.