Report: Bayer Supports Public Access to Safety-Relevant Crop Protection

In line with its company values Bayer endorses greater transparency.

Bayer (one of DiversityInc’s Noteworthy Companies) supports the principles established by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) concerning the extent to which authorities must ensure public access to crop protection product studies under the provision that confidential data is protected.

Report: Bayer Supports Public Access to Safety-Relevant Crop ProtectionThe ECJ has set rules throughout Europe for authorities, the industry and the public which will promote greater transparency and public involvement. Bayer supports this development but emphasizes that the protection of confidential data such as product composition and manufacturing processes needs to be safeguarded in any public access request.

Bayer intends to offer support to the authorities in dealing with requests for access to safety-relevant crop protection data as needed. The company is also working on a solution to enable public access to the safety-relevant study reports while safeguarding the company’s confidential product composition and manufacturing processes. In this way, Bayer wants to foster an open and transparent dialog with interested parties.

Crop protection products are today among the most thoroughly investigated and most strictly regulated chemicals in the EU. They are an important tool for farmers all over the world and enable the production of safe, healthy and affordable food. On average, approximately 1,200 studies are required for the marketing authorization of an active ingredient, and the average research and development investment for a new active substance amounts to approximately EUR 250 million.

In two separate cases, the ECJ was called upon to decide the extent to which the European Commission and the Dutch regulatory authorities (Ctgb – College voor de toelating van gewasbeschermingsmiddelen en biociden) have to grant third parties access to studies submitted by the industry. The applicants invoked the Aarhus Convention, an international agreement which, among other aspects, regulates access to official, environmentally relevant information.

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2 comments


  • They and Monsanto seem unconcerned about the high levels of glyphosate found in children’s
    cereal.
    Glyphosate is listed as a class 2 carcinogen by the World Health Organization and is winding up in Cheerios and other children’s food in what has been described as alarming levels as a result of products Bayer/Monsanto are pushing into the agricultural market place. (RoundUp)
    Their reaction is to simply disagree with the World Health Organization and tell parents to keep feeding their children the probable carcinogen all in the name of profits.
    Just google Bayer Monsanto Cheerios glyphosate and read on.

    • I did google that, it leads to a bunch of fake news sites. Now why would the Russians want to disrupt food production in developing countries? Hmmm.

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