Dec. 24, 2018
The European Commission has drafted proposal that the approval of the active substance cyflumetofen is amended as follows: applications of plant protection products containing cyflumetofen, with the exception of applications made on non-soil-bound crops in greenhouses, shall not be carried out from July to September.
This decision only concerns the placing on the market of this substance and does not affect the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for residues of the concerned pesticide.
According to the Commission, During the evaluation of additional information submitted to address the confirmatory information requirements established in the approval of cyflumetofen, a number of concerns and areas that could not be finalised were identified. These are detailed in the conclusion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The Authority could not rule out a genotoxic potential for a ground water and surface water metabolite (metabolite B3).
There is therefore a need to restrict the application of cyflumetofen based products to scenarios where the production of this metabolite is below the regulatory trigger value of 0.1 µg/L in at least some groundwater FOCUS scenarios.
Existing authorisations will need to be amended accordingly; EU Member States must review the existing authorisations for plant protection products containing cyflumetofen at the latest by 6 months from the date of entry into force. A period of grace in line with Article 46 of Regulation 1107/2009 is allowed for and shall expire at the latest 12 months after the entry into force.