ANSES makes recommendations to strengthen the regulatory framework to protect bees

19 February 2019

Article: 53/0705

As part of the French Government’s action plan on plant protection products, aimed at reducing dependence on pesticides in agriculture, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) has publishing the results of its expert appraisal and its recommendations to strengthen the regulatory framework for the protection of bees and other pollinating insects. The aim of these recommendations is to reduce bee exposure to plant protection products.

Bees and other pollinating insects play a crucial role in biodiversity and agriculture. Bee health is affected by many factors, including plant protection products, and protecting them from exposure to these products is therefore seen as a priority. ANSES received a formal request from the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition to make recommendations to achieve this aim. In response to this request, the agency will therefore be issuing a series of recommendations and guidelines for strengthening the assessment of plant protection products with regard to the risks to bees and other pollinators.

Source: ANSES, 8 February 2019