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Use of the new EFSA guidance document on the assessment of exposure of operators, workers, residents and bystanders

Regulatory Update: 12/2015
Issued: 6th August 2015

Purpose

To explain when the new guidance document 'Guidance on the assessment of exposure of operators, workers, residents and bystanders in risk assessment for plant protection products' must be used by applicants to support operator, worker and bystander/resident exposure risk assessments for plant protection product applications submitted to HSE.

Background

The European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) guidance on assessment of exposure of operators, workers, residents and bystanders and associated calculator were published on EFSA’s website on 23 October 2014.

The guidance document was noted at the Standing Committee on Pesticides, Animals, Food and Feed meeting on 28/29 May 2015 with an agreed implementation date of 1 January 2016.

Approach

From 1 January 2016 all applications received by HSE must reflect the new guidance. Applicants wishing to use the new guidance for applications submitted to HSE before 1 January 2016 may do so. Where applicants choose to do this it must be applied consistently across all relevant exposure groups (ie operators, workers, bystanders and residents).

Pending development of a harmonised approach to the setting of an acute non dietary reference dose, applicants are not required to undertake acute non dietary exposure assessments (ie those that might be incurred in a single day) using the upper estimates of exposure (ie 95th percentile values) as stated in the guidance.

Further Information

EFSA has published the Guidance document and associated calculator and these can be found using the following link: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3874.htm

Updated 2014-01-28