Facts and figures for an informed opinion on fipronil.

Wednesday 03 July 2013

risk assessment Fipronil EFSA bees

On 15-16 of July, Member States representatives and EU authorities (DG SANCO) are going to decide on the ban of fipronil, another harmful pesticide for bees and the environment.

This facstsheet on Facts and figures on fipronil will inform you about what is fipronil, its properties, its uses, why Member States are going to vote, and what scientific publications say about this pesticide.

Considering this information, the European Beekeeping Coordination recommends the following regarding the vote on fipronil:

- Our ideal decision would be a total suspension of fipronil - i.e. total application of the Precautionary Principle (Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 recital 8) - until a comprehensive risk assessment is completed

- Avoid any new authorisation during the ban period (e.g. foliar application or seed and soil treatment)

- Make sure that the ban period of fipronil starts at the same time that neonicotinoids ban, i.e by December 2013. To achieve that, Member States should achieve an agreement on the ban in the first round of the vote.

- When considering the risk of fipronil to bees, fipronil (mother compound) but also all its metabolites should be taken into account. Indeed, even metabolites created following the exposure to light have been found in pollen even though they were not be expected by risk managers.

See the position paper: here.