How does Europe ensures pesticides are safe?

Pesticides – or plant protection products – are a reality of modern times. These chemicals must be strictly regulated to ensure their use does not harm human and animal health and the environment.

How do we do this in the European Union?

The European Union has an authorisation procedure involving three partners: EFSA, the European Commission and Member States. Pesticide applications from industry pass along a chain formed of these three parties – with each one carrying out specific tasks. EFSA's role is to carry out risk assessments of pesticides and to provide the European Commission and Member States with scientific support in the decision-making process.

Learn more on the EFSA website 'How Europe ensures pesticides are safe'