Is glyphosate banned in the Netherlands? Rumour has it… (EN/NL)

For more than two years, the Dutch Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren) has taken a number of initiatives in the Lower Chamber of the Dutch Parliament for resolutions requesting restrictions or bans to be applied to a number of approved pesticides currently being used in the Netherlands. One of the claims relates to the use of glyphosate in private gardens by citizens and also by municipalities for the control of weeds on sidewalks, tramways and similar areas.

We are the first ones to defend the proper stewardship and best practices associated with our products. A number of countries have implemented measures to ensure that whenever a private citizen buys a pesticide product, he has the information needed to ensure a good use of the product and that retail staff have the relevant training. We also want to be leaders when it comes to the safety of our packaging, with adequate safety caps and informative labels.

The present Dutch National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of pesticides  (NAP)* demands that chemical herbicides may only be used on hard surfaces by municipalities in combination with emission reduction measures, e.g. only spots where a weed is present are actually treated. Normally a closed hard surface would not present many weeds, but chemical weed control has –for decades- shown to be a good alternative for controlling weeds in open hard surfaces by municipalities. The established “DOB-method” facilitates its sustainable use.

For further information on glyphosate, please visit www. glyphosate.eu

*NAP is the national implementation of the European directive 2009/128/EC

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Einddatum toelatingen Roundup gelinkt aan EU herevaluatie glyfosaat

Dat Roundup niet meer verkocht mag worden eind 2015 zoals sommige geruchten doen uitschijnen, is niet correct. Roundup wordt zoals alle bestrijdingsmiddelen grondig geëvaluaeerd op veiligheid door nationale overheden alvorens ze op de markt kunnen komen. Waar komen die geruchten dan vandaan?

In Nederland zijn er reeds sinds 2011 discussies  aan de gang in de 2de kamer over een mogelijk verbod van een aantal specifieke glyfosaat gebruiken. Echter, tot op heden is er nog geen wettelijk kader dat dit kan bevestigen. Dat sommige glyfosaat toelatingen (vooral oudere glyfosaat middelen) in Nederland een einddatum hebben van 31-12-2015, is gelinkt aan de tijdslijnen van de Europese herevaluatie van de actieve stof glyfosaat. In Europa ondergaan stoffen zoals glyfosaat een periodieke herevaluatie aangaande hun veiligheid. In het geval van glyfosaat is Duitsland aangesteld als coordinerende en leidingnemende lidstaat voor Europa. Meer informatie is dan ook terug te vinden op hun website onder de zoekfunctie “glyphosate”:  http://www.bfr.bund.de/

Aan de toelatingen en toelatingsvoorwaarden van middelen op basis van glyfosaat, zoals Roundup is dus niets veranderd. De herevaluatie van deze middelen zal zoals gepland plaatsvinden. Elke speculatie naar een verkoopsstop is dus prematuur, ongegrond en onjuist.

 

 

2 comments to Is glyphosate banned in the Netherlands? Rumour has it… (EN/NL)

  • […] links to human kidney disease, has banned it. Brazil is considering a similar move. Mexico and the Netherlands have imposed new restrictions, and Canada has just begun a process to consider new rules. (source: […]

    • EU Public Engagement team  says:

      There’s no country in the world with a general regulatory ban on glyphosate.
      In some places, such as Sri Lanka and Bermuda, ministers or cabinet officials have put restrictions on imports and use.
      But, we haven’t seen all-out bans from regulators.
      Thanks,
      EU Public Engagement team.

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