REGULATORY USE OF PESTICIDE CONCENTRATIONS IN THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE EU
Pesticides used in agriculture are deliberately introduced into the environment to prevent harmful organisms and pests from damaging edible crops and non-edible other plants intended for human consumption or use. Therefore, unintended side effects of these agrochemicals should be avoided or minimized. In the European Union methods have been developed to estimate the environmental concentration in different environmental compartments, like soil, groundwater, surface water and air for use in the evaluation process for the registration of pesticides. The evaluation systems developed are highlighted shortly as well as the way the concentrations established may be use by registration authorities in the decision making process for registration. Also the decision making criteria are dealt with and possible mitigation measures to minimize the environmental hazards.
KeywordsEuropean Union Risk Assessment Environmental Concentration Plant Protection Product Tier Approach
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