France to ban two neonicotinoid insecticides: sulfoxaflor and flupyradifurone
The French Government is committed to reducing the impact of the use of plant protection products on pollinators and ecosystems. The Government has decided to ban the use of two plant protection substances with identical action modes to neonicotinoids, in application of the EGalim law.
Neonicotinoids are a family of substances used in insecticidal products. These substances act on the central nervous system of insects. Because of their toxicity to pollinators, as evidenced by numerous studies, these substances are one of the causes of the decline of bee colonies.
Since 1 September 2018, France has banned, under the Biodiversity Act of 2016, the use of 5 active substances of the family of neonicotinoids in phytopharmaceutical products and in the treatment of seeds.
The Government wishes to go further in the protection of health and the environment by implementing the prohibition provided for in the EGalim law, substances with the same mode of action as neonicotinoids. In the current state of knowledge, two substances meet this definition: sulfoxaflor and flupyradifurone.
At the same time, France is taking ambitious positions at European level in order to strengthen the taking into account the impacts on pollinators in the authorization process for new plant protection substances.