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European Union - Final Regulatory Action
Dichlorvos CAS number:
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Chemical name: Phosphoric acid, 2,2-dichloroethenyl dimethyl ester, Phosphoric acid, 2,2-dichloroethenyl dimethyl ester

Final regulatory action has been taken for the category: Pesticide

Final regulatory action: The chemical is Severely Restricted

Use or uses prohibited by the final regulatory action:

All the applications as a plant protection product.

Pesticide use or uses that remain allowed:

Uses as biocidal product in the form of product-type 18 - insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods, which are products used for the control of arthropods (e.g. insects, arachnids and crustaceans), remain allowed for the time being pursuant to Directive 98/8/EC concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market (Official Journal of the European Communities L 123, 24.04.1998, p. 1) since the chemical is currently being reviewed.

The final regulatory action was based on a risk or hazard evaluation: Yes

Summary of the final regulatory action:

It is prohibited to place on the market or use plant protection products containing dichlorvos. Dichlorvos is not included in the list of authorised active substances in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC. Authorisations for plant protection products containing dichlorvos had to be withdrawn by 6 December 2007.
From 7 June 2007 no authorisations for plant protection products containing dichlorvos can be granted or renewed.

The reasons for the final regulatory action were relevant to: Human health

Summary of known hazards and risks to human health:

Available information is insufficient to perform a risk assessment regarding the operator, worker and bystanders' exposure. There is moreover a lack of data on the toxicity of breakdown products. Hence, it has not been demonstrated that the risks for operators, workers and bystanders arising from the use of plant protection products containing dichlorvos are acceptable. Moreover, the risk assessment is inconclusive due to uncertainties on the genotoxic and carcinogenic properties of dichlorvos.

Expected effect of the final regulatory action in relation to human health:

Reduction of risk from the use of plant protection products containing dichlorvos, in particular for operators, workers and bystanders.

Date of entry into force of the final regulatory action: 06/12/2008

Complete entry into force of all provisions of Commission Decision 2007/387/EC of 6 June 2007 was 6 December 2008 since all uses of plant protection products containing dichlorvos were prohibited as from that date at the latest.