China Mulls over Risk Assessment of Neonicotinoids Insecticide on Bee  

 BeeAfter EU's restriction on three neonicotinoid pesticides which are believed to harm bees, China adds on its concern on the restriction on neonicotinoids as well. On 1 July 2013, dozens of experts have been summoned up by ICAMA to discuss the future control initiatives upon neonicotinoid insecticides.

The experts acknowledged that neonicotinoids play a key role in China as part of agricultural production. However, scientific research shows that neonicotinoids are harmful to bees and other pollinators. With a view of the difference between China and EU in agricultural pest management and beekeeping, it is suggested that China monitor their potential risks on bees:

  • A sound method of risk assessment should be established, which will be utilized to evaluate the substantial impact on bees in a scientific and systematic way;
  • Launch the risk assessment on the use of neonicotinoids on the bee-attracting and other indefinite inflorescence crops;
  • To carefully censor the production, uses of neonicotinoids, as well as their effects on other beneficial organisms;
  • Strengthen the technical cooperation with other concerned countries, which would help to draw the conclusion in an objective and scientific approach;
  • In order to minimize the potential risks, label of corresponding products would be revised;
  • Full consideration should be taken on the balance between the risk and benefit of neonicotinoids;
  • If it is necessary to ban/restrict the use of neonicotinoids, the decision should be made under sufficient science-based data;

The meeting was jointly organized by the Environmental Review Office and the Registration Review Office of ICAMA. The latter was just established this year, which is responsible for re-considering or phasing out the pesticide previously registered with ICAMA.

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