What is the Glyphosate Task Force?

The Glyphosate Task Force (GTF2) is a consortium of companies seeking the renewal of the EU authorisation of the active substance glyphosate in 2022. To this end, the Glyphosate Task Force’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.

Current members of the Glyphosate Task Force are Adama Agan Ltd, Agria S.A., Albaugh Europe SARL, Arysta Lifescience SAS, Barclay Chemicals Manufacturing Ltd., Bayer Agriculture bvba, Brokden S.L.U., Ciech Sarzyna S.A., Helm AG, Nufarm GMBH & Co.KG, Sinon Corporation, Syngenta Crop Protection AG. The Glyphosate Task Force welcomes interest to join from other companies supporting the renewal of glyphosate.

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) and EFSA 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 Glyphosate Task Force (GTF2) had one conference call and two face-to-face meetings with AGG and EFSA. Presentations discussed during these meetings, as well as minutes, will be published on the website of AGG and Glyphosate Task Force.

Our Commitment to Transparency

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

To respond to the demand for greater transparency, the Glyphosate Task Force will proactively meet the new provisions of the EU General Food Law before the legislation comes into force. In doing so, the Glyphosate Task Force 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 GTF website that will be launched in the coming months.

Further to that, the Glyphosate Task Force joined the EU Transparency Register.

Full Taskforce Website coming in December 2019

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