The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) takes a comprehensive look at all safety and toxicology data available for a registered pesticide at least every 15 years to protect public health and the environment. This routine regulatory review is required of all pesticides and is currently underway for glyphosate. Glyphosate is one of the most widely used broad spectrum herbicides in the world and is the primary active ingredient in Roundup® brand herbicides.
When evaluating a pesticide, the EPA maintains a transparent process for assessing potential risks. Each review is unique, yet the review process works similar to this:
- First, public health experts and government regulators look at all of the evidence from all the scientific information available, some of which is posted on the EPA’s web pages. For glyphosate, this process started in 2009 and includes a literature review of all new studies.
- The EPA will determine whether the pesticide and its formulations continue to satisfy regulatory requirements. If additional data is needed to conduct the review, the EPA requests this data from the registrant. In the case of glyphosate, Monsanto is the lead registrant for the Joint Glyphosate Task Force, which includes companies holding a registration for glyphosate.
- Then, the EPA issues a draft decision and allows the public to submit comments. When the comment period opens for glyphosate, an online tool will be available on Monsanto.com to submit comments.
- Finally, regulators consider the comments, and then the EPA makes a final determination. From the issuance of a draft to the official final decision, the process typically takes about one year.
The registration of glyphosate-based herbicides remains in effect during the current review period. Glyphosate has a long history of 40 years of safe use and is supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, safety and environmental databases ever compiled for a pesticide product. In fact, the overwhelming evidence in the safety of glyphosate led the EPA to conclude in 2013 that “there is a reasonable certainty that no harm will result to the general population or to infants and children from aggregate exposure to glyphosate residues.”
At Monsanto, we recognize the importance of regulatory reviews and respect the process. We want you to know that the safety of our products is critically important to us. We stand behind all of our registered products – that includes glyphosate and Roundup brand herbicides. We’re confident that time-tested glyphosate will remain a trusted ingredient approved for use in 160-plus countries.
Learn more about the proven safety of glyphosate.