A separate assessment of which pesticides would be at risk from being de-registered as a result of the European Commission’s pesticides approvals legislation by the Swedish regulatory authority has broadly identified similar active ingredients to the UK’s Pesticides Safety Directorate study.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) interpretation of the draft regulation assessed 271 products in total and found 23, or 8%, would be at risk of not being approved.

Seventeen of those products are on PSD’s list, including key herbicides pendimethalin, ioxynil, glufosinate and linuron, and some fungicides, including triazoles’ epoxiconazole and metconazole, as well as mancozeb.

The other six products on the Swedish list were assessed by PSD but were not deemed to meet any of the Commission’s cut-off criteria. Similarly some of the products on the PSD list were assessed to be safe from exclusion by the Swedish authorities.

Most of those differences appear to be due to slightly different interpretation of endocrine disruption by the two authorities – probably not surprising since no formal definition has been agreed.

No assessment was made by the Swedish authorities of the European Parliament’s proposed amendments although it does acknowledge that its criteria are stricter.

In a statement made on its website (www.kemi.se) it says it believes the approval criteria adopted by the council are stringent enough to reach a satisfactory level of protection of human health and the environment.

“In our view, the parliament’s opinion of a single approval period for the substances approved as candidates for substitution will probably have a considerable negative impact on European agriculture,” it adds.