This is the government’s response to an independent review of how the risks are assessed for people (such as residents and bystanders) who may be exposed to pesticides. The government has accepted all the recommendations made in the original report.
The original report was by the Bystander Risk Assessment Working Group (BRAWG). They undertook a review of the Health and Safety Executive’s regulatory risk assessments for bystanders and residents who are potentially exposed to pesticides.
The report made a number of recommendations to update the risk assessment in line with the latest science. Since the regulation of pesticides is harmonised across the EU, it will be important to ensure that any changes are adopted at this level. The government will work closely with the European Food Safety Authority to ensure that those BRAWG recommendations are used in developing the EU approach to risk assessment for bystanders and residents.
BRAWG was a joint working group of two independent bodies, the Committee on the Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment and the Advisory Committee on Pesticides. It was established to undertake a formal review of the scientific evidence concerning bystanders and residents potentially exposed to pesticides.