What is the Glyphosate Renewal Group?

The Glyphosate Renewal Group (GRG) is a collection of companies seeking the renewal of the EU authorisation of the active substance glyphosate in 2022. To this end, the Glyphosate Renewal Group’s member companies join resources and efforts to prepare a single dossier with all the scientific studies and information on the safety of glyphosate. This dossier is submitted to the evaluating Member States and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as part of the EU regulatory procedure to continue the authorization of glyphosate and glyphosate-containing products on the EU market.

The Glyphosate Renewal Group changed its name from Glyphosate Task Force 2 at the end of 2019 to avoid confusion with previous glyphosate submissions.

Current members of the Glyphosate Renewal Group are Albaugh Europe SARL, Barclay Chemicals Manufacturing Ltd., Bayer Agriculture bvba, Ciech Sarzyna S.A., Industrias Afrasa S.A., Nufarm GMBH & Co.KG, Sinon Corporation, Syngenta Crop Protection AG. The Glyphosate Renewal Group welcomes interest to join from other companies supporting the renewal of glyphosate.

On 12 December 2019, the Glyphosate Renewal Group submitted an Application document to each of the four AGG Member States.

After review, the AGG Member States requested some amendments to the Application document. On 23 January 2020, the Glyphosate Renewal Group provided to each of the four AGG Member States a new Application document revised accordingly to the AGG comments. You can find also this document on this website for download. After review, the AGG Member States confirmed completeness and admissibility of the Application.

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The Authorisation Process

A robust process requiring thorough scientific scrutiny by multiple competent and expert entities is at the basis of the EU authorisation to use glyphosate in herbicides.

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Meeting Minutes

Prior to submitting the application for the approval of an active substance, the applicant has the possibility to meet with the Rapporteur Member States (AGG) to discuss procedural and scientific topics and obtain guidance.

These so-called "pre-submission meetings" take place by conference call or by in-person meetings. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) participates as an observer in these meetings, supporting AGG as required. The Glyphosate Renewal Group (GRG) had two conference calls and two face-to-face meetings with AGG. Presentations discussed during these meetings, as well as minutes, will be published on the website of AGG and Glyphosate Renewal Group.

Our Commitment to Transparency

The Glyphosate Renewal Group is committed to contribute to all relevant aspects of the EU procedure to re-assess and re-authorise glyphosate in the EU. The Glyphosate Renewal Group will do so in a factual, scientific and transparent way.

To respond to the demand for greater transparency, the Glyphosate Renewal Group will proactively meet the new provisions of the EU General Food Law before the legislation comes into force. In doing so, the Glyphosate Renewal Group will make publicly available:

  • the minutes of the meetings with regulatory bodies involved in the re-assessment of glyphosate; those bodies are EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, and AGG, the Assessment Group on Glyphosate, made of experts from France, Hungary, the Netherlands and Sweden;
  • all studies that form the glyphosate dossier submitted to the European Commission, without compromising the confidentiality of certain business information. Those studies will be accessible via a new GRG website that will be launched in the coming months.

Further to that, the Glyphosate Renewal Group joined the EU Transparency Register.

Full Glyphosate Renewal Group website coming in 2020

  • Glyphosate Uses
  • Benefits of Glyphosate
  • Authorisation process
  • Safety Studies
  • Transparency
  • Statements
  • FAQs