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New Rules For Applications to EFSA - Changes Due to the Transparency Regulation

Anna Neusch, Anne-Marie Orth, Andreas Meisterernst

The fight against the extension of the authorisation of glyphosate as a plant protection product activated NGOs from 2014 onwards. Numerous accusations were made against the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, which was involved in the approval process, and the work of the EFSA. More or less explicitly, the regulatory authorities were accused of cronyism with industry. The citizens' initiative to ban glyphosate that was subsequently submitted to the Commission in 2017, as well as the considerable media bombardment, led to the Commission attempting to go on the offensive with the Transparency Regulation. New regulations on risk communication and the transparent functioning of EFSA were intended to take the wind out of the sails of future criticism. The new regulations in this regard will apply from 27.3.2021. The following article deals with the effects of the new regulations on application procedures at EFSA, some clarified and several still open questions.

Anna Neusch is an Associate at Meisternst Rechtsanwälte and a state examined food chemist; Anne-Marie Orth is a state examined food chemist and publicly sworn expert; Andreas Meisterernst is a founding partner of the Munich law firm Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte, Certified Lawyer in Administrative Law; Honorary Professor for Food Law at the Technical Univerity of Munich and Editor-in-chief of EFFL. This is an inernational and revised version of an article by Anna Neusch, Anne-Marie Orth and Andreas Meisterernst in the German law journal „Zeitschrift für das gesamte Lebensmittelrecht (ZLR)“ 2021, 314.


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