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Environmental risk assessment of pesticides: transitioning to a systems-based approach

The use of regulated products (such as pesticides) is subject to an environmental risk assessment (ERA) and regulatory approval in most jurisdictions worldwide. While substantial progress has been made in achieving environmental protection with single product-based assessments, such assessments are perceived to have fallen out of step with the latest scientific knowledge. Further advancing the ERA of regulated products will contribute to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and EU Green Deal ambitions to safeguard the environment (including biodiversity and ecosystems). In this thematic session, we will explore: (1) the scientific merits and shortcomings of the current ERA paradigm; (2) changes needed to advance the ERA of pesticides; (3) opportunities and challenges associated with the transition to/implementation of a more integrated ERA framework for pesticides; and (4) policy implications. Through the formulation of recommendations, the session will provide feedback to EFSA, other EU agencies, EU Member States and international partners on current challenges and future development opportunities for the transition towards a systems-based approach for the ERA of pesticides.

Session Coordinator

Session coordinator
Yann Devos (EFSA)

Session Contributors

Session contributors
Domenica Auteri (EFSA)
Lorenzo Benini (EEA)
Vincent Bonnomet (ECHA)
Alberto Pistocchi (JRC)
Agnès Rortais (EFSA)


Abstract Session Chairpersons
  • Vanessa Mazerolles, French Agency for Food, Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES)
  • Silvia Pieper, German Environment Agency (UBA)
Abstract Session Speakers
  • Jeroen P van der Sluijs, University of Bergen - Broadening the scope of future environmental risk assessments of pesticides: lessons from the neonicotinoids case
  • Annette Aldrich, Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) - Why is there a need for a paradigm shift in the ERA of pesticides?
  • Violette Geissen, Wageningen University and Research (WUR) - SPRINT (Sustainable Plant Protection Transition): A global health approach
  • Sandrine Charles, Claude Bernard University Lyon - NAMs and models in ecotoxicology and their usefulness for regulatory ERA
  • Christopher J Topping, Aarhus University - Simulation to support systems-based ERA: Capabilities and possibilities
  • Stephanie Bopp, Joint Research Centre (JRC) - Tools and monitoring/surveillance data to assess the impact of multiple pesticides
Abstract Session Moderators
  • Frédéric Simon, EURACTIV
Abstract Session Panellists
  • Annette Aldrich, Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) 
  • Anne Alix, Corteva Agrisciences
  • Martin Dermine, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) 
  • Martin Hojsík, Renew Europe
  • Karin Nienstedt, Directorate for Health and Food Safety (European Commission) 
Abstract Session Rapporteurs
  • Domenica Auteri, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 
  • Lorenzo Benini, European Environment Agency (EEA) 
  • Yann Devos, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 
  • Agnès Rortais, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)