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Environ Pollut. 2005 Jan;133(1):5-9.

Pesticide persistence and bound residues in soil--regulatory significance.

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Pesticides Safety Directorate, Mallard House, Kings Pool, York YO1 7PX, UK.


The paper discusses key aspects of the European Union (EU) regulatory policy related to the persistence and bound residues of agricultural pesticide active substances in soil. This is examined in the context of the EU Authorisations Directive (91/414/EEC) which will gradually replace existing national systems of agricultural pesticide regulation within EU Member States. Discussion is concentrated on this directive, looking in particular at the Uniform Principles therein and the possible ways that these decision-making guidelines could be developed into a regulatory framework. The aim in this process of negotiated development is to identify any questions or data requirements that will be needed for persistent pesticides or soil bound residues, over and above those generally required for all compounds. The present EU regulatory position on soil non-extractable or bound residues is examined and possible future improvements to the system are described and discussed.

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