Glyphosate - what the experts say

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'RAC agreed with the German dossier submitter that glyphosate should not be classified as a carcinogen - that is, as a substance causing cancer. This conclusion was based both on the human evidence and the weight of the evidence of all the animal studies reviewed. In addition, RAC concluded that glyphosate does not warrant classification as a mutagen - that is, a substance causing genetic effects - or as a substance causing reproductive effects ... the committee's opinion was adopted by consensus - that is with the full support of all the members'

Tim Bowmer, chair of the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC), European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)


‘The meeting concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet’

Joint World Health Organisation/Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN meeting on pesticide residues, May 2016

‘all the Member State experts but one agreed that neither the epidemiological data (ie: on humans) nor the evidence from animal studies demonstrated causality between exposure to glyphosate and the development of cancer in humans’

European Food Safety Authority

‘the carcinogenicity [of glyphosate], if it exists at all, is seen at such levels that you would have to eat the food of 20,000 people every day in order to reach it’

Bernhard Url, Executive Director, European Food Safety Authority

‘The European Food Safety Authority has reviewed the scientific data as part of the ongoing EU review of the approval of glyphosate and concluded that glyphosate meets all of the relevant safety standards. UK regulatory experts agree.’

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Defra

‘there is no convincing evidence of an association between glyphosate exposure and the development of cancer in humans’

New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority, August 2016

‘The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has concluded … that glyphosate does not pose a cancer risk to humans’

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, September 2016

‘The health risk assessment is currently undisputed. Just like the BfR, the European Food Safety Authority and other authorities all over the world, the World Health Organisation committee responsible for the assessment of pesticides concludes that in line with the current state of scientific knowledge, no carcinogenic risk is to be expected if glyphosate is used properly and for its intended purpose’

BfR – German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

‘Following a rigorous science-based assessment, Health Canada has determined that when used according to the label, products containing glyphosate are not a concern to human health and the environment.'

Health Canada

‘The strongest support is for “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans” at doses relevant to human health risk assessment.’

US Environmental Protection Agency

‘If you apply glyphosate properly, there is no health concern’

Bernhard Url, Executive Director, European Food Safety Authority