EPA Science Advisory Panel will review scientific issues related to the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it will convene a four-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues related to the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate, a herbicide often applied in managed forests.

EPA has already collected and analyzed a substantial amount of data and utilized its draft Framework for Incorporating Human Epidemiological & Incident Data in Health Risk Assessment to assess the potential carcinogenic hazard of glyphosate. This data collection and analysis was conducted in support of EPA’s ongoing Registration Review for glyphosate, a process that every registered pesticide undergoes at least every 15 years to ensure that it continues to meet the FIFRA standard for registration.

This type of SAP review is not typical, but has been requested by EPA because several international agencies have recently evaluated the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate and reached conflicting conclusions. Thus, EPA has scheduled the FIFRA SAP meeting to solicit advice on the evaluation and interpretation of data available to EPA for each line of evidence and a weight-of-evidence analysis.

The SAP meeting will be held on October 18–21, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia, and may be webcast. Additional information about the meeting and how to access the meeting webcast is available at the SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap.

The meeting announcement appears in the July 16, 2016 issue of the Federal Register (81 FR: 48794 – 48796).