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Summary of the decision in case 1769/2017/JAS on the European Chemicals Agency’s handling of concerns regarding the herbicide ingredient glyphosate

The case concerned the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) correspondence with the complainant, a British national, in response to his concerns on ECHA’s hazard assessment of glyphosate, an active ingredient in weed-killers.

The Ombudsman inquired into the issue and found that ECHA had held a public consultation during its assessment. The complainant had not availed himself of the opportunity to contribute to that public consultation. Nevertheless, ECHA replied to the complainant’s concerns.

The Ombudsman concluded that ECHA had adequately communicated with the complainant and that there had thus been no maladministration by ECHA.