APVMA finds no grounds to place glyphosate under formal reconsideration

23 March 2017

Following concerns raised by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the APVMA has undertaken a detailed assessment of the human health risks associated with the use of glyphosate and determined that a full reconsideration is not required.

The APVMA conducted a weight-of-evidence evaluation that included a commissioned review of the IARC monograph regarding glyphosate by the Department of Health, and risk assessments undertaken by regulatory agencies in other countries and expert international bodies.

The APVMA concluded that the use of glyphosate in Australia does not pose a cancer risk to humans, and that products containing glyphosate are safe to use as per the label instructions.

There are currently no scientific grounds to place glyphosate under formal reconsideration and the APVMA will continue to monitor any new information, reports or studies that indicate that this position should be revised.

As Australia’s agvet chemical regulator, it is the role of the APVMA to consider all relevant scientific material when determining the likely impacts on human health and worker safety—including long and short term exposure to users and residues in food before registering a product.

Health Canada, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (NZ EPA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) have all recently assessed glyphosate and concluded that glyphosate does not pose a cancer risk to humans.

More information is available about glyphosate, the proposed regulatory position report and the final regulatory position report.

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