ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has concluded that the available scientific evidence does not meet the criteria to classify the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.

Under the existing harmonised classification, glyphosate causes serious eye damage (Eye Damage 1; H318) and is toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects (Aquatic Chronic 2; H411).

In May 2016, the German competent authority submitted a proposal to revise the harmonised classification by adding a classification for specific target organ toxicity (repeated exposure) (STOT RE 2; H373). ECHA also evaluated other hazard classes including carcinogenicity, germ cell mutagenicity and reproductive toxicity.

Following a 45-day public consultation, the RAC reviewed all the available scientific evidence on the hazardousness of glyphosate and concluded that no change was warranted to the current harmonised classification.

The opinion – which is based solely on the hazardous properties of glyphosate and does not address the risks of exposure – will be taken into account when the European Commission and Member States decide later this year whether to renew the approval for glyphosate as an active substance in pesticides.

Source: ECHA press release