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EPA’s View on International Regulator Findings

 

The EPA has reviewed and concurred in the findings of multiple other foreign and international agencies responsible for chemical safety, which have likewise analyzed glyphosate, and concluded that it does not pose a cancer risk.

EPA, Glyphosate: Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision

EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361-2344 (Apr. 23, 2019)

  • ​​​​​​“The agency’s cancer conclusion is consistent with other regulatory authorities and international organizations, including the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency, the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority, the European Food Safety Authority, the European Chemicals Agency, the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues, the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority, and the Food Safety Commission of Japan.” (p. 8)
    • Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency: “Glyphosate is not genotoxic and is unlikely to pose a human cancer risk.” Pest Mgmt. Regulatory Agency, Health Canada, RVD2017-01, Re-evaluation Decision: Glyphosate 1 (Apr. 28, 2017), https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/consumer-product-safety/reports-publications/pesticides-pest-management/decisions-updates/registration-decision/2017/glyphosate-rvd-2017-01.html
    • Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority: “The scientific weight-of-evidence indicates that . . . exposure to glyphosate does not pose a carcinogenic or genotoxic risk to humans.” Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority, Austl. Gov’t, Final Regulatory Position: Consideration of the Evidence for a Formal Reconsideration of Glyphosate 9 (Mar. 2017), https://apvma.gov.au/sites/default/files/publication/26561-glyphosate-final-regulatory-position-report-final_0.pdf
    • European Food Safety Authority: Glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.” European Food Safety Authority, Glyphosate: EFSA Updates Toxicological Profile (Nov. 12, 2015), https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/151112.
    • European Chemicals Agency: “[T]he available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.” European Chemicals Agency, Glyphosate Not Classified as a Carcinogen by ECHA (Mar. 15, 2017), https://echa.europa.eu/-/glyphosate-not-classified-as-a-carcinogen-by-echa
    • German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: “[T]he Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) was responsible for the human health risk assessment and has assessed glyphosate as non-carcinogenic. This was supported by competent national, European and other international institutions for health assessment.” Fed. Inst. for Risk Assessment (BfR, Germany), BfR Comm’cn No. 007/2015, Does Glyphosate Cause Cancer? (rejecting carcinogenic conclusion for glyphosate), https://www.bfr.bund.de/cm/349/does-glyphosate-cause-cancer.pdf.
    • Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues: “[G]lyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans.” Food & Agric. Org. of U.N. (FAO) & WHO, Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues Summary Report 2 (May 16, 2016), https://www.who.int/foodsafety/jmprsummary2016.pdf.
    • New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority: “The overall conclusion is that – based on a weight of evidence approach, taking into account the quality and reliability of the available data – glyphosate is unlikely to be genotoxic or carcinogenic to humans and does not require classification under HSNO as a carcinogen or mutagen.” Dr. Wayne Temple, Review of Evidence Relating to Glyphosate and Carcinogenicity 16, New Zealand Envtl. Prot. Agency, (Aug. 2016), https://www.epa.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Documents/Everyday-Environment/Publications/EPA-glyphosate-review.pdf
    • Food Safety Commission of Japan: The Food Safety Commission of Japan (FSCJ) conducted a risk assessment of glyphosate (CAS No. 1071-83-6), an amino acid herbicide, based on results from various studies. . . . Glyphosate had no neurotoxicity, carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, teratogenicity, and genotoxicity.” Food Safety Comm’n of Japan, Risk Assessment Report: Pesticides: Glyphosate Summary 93 (Sept. 2016), https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6989167/pdf/foodsafetyfscj-4-93.pdf.

[G]lyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans.
Food & Agric. Org. of U.N. (FAO) & WHO
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Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues Summary Report 2
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