International committee gives Ctgb positive evaluation

The quality of the risk assessment of plant protection products and biocides in the Netherlands exceeds the scientific requirements. This was the conclusion of an international committee after evaluating the performance of the Board for the authorisation of plant protection products and biocides (Ctgb). This evaluation confirms that plant protection products and biocides authorised by the Ctgb comply with the safety requirements for humans, animals and the environment.

The committee reviewed the scientific process, the scientific results and the decision-making process of the Board and concluded that the Ctgb is an expert organisation that is valued internationally – both inside and outside Europe.

The international committee was particularly positive about the quality of the scientific output, the efficient and continuous adaptation of the assessment practice to changing European legislation and the active contribution of the Ctgb to the authorisation of biological and low-risk substances. It was also positive about the scope and role of the Ctgb in the European Union.

The Ctgb has submitted the evaluation report and a response with a corresponding plan of approach to the responsible ministers: Minister Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (plant protection products) and Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management (biocides).