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How the European Commission approves substances used in plant protection products (pesticides)

This inquiry, which combined two complaints, focuses on two main issues. Firstly, the European Commission´s approval, for use in plant protection products (pesticides), of active substances for which the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has identified areas of concern or no safe uses. Secondly, how the Commission uses a procedure by which it approves an active substance but requests additional data to confirm its safety (the ´confirmatory data procedure´).