Pesticides and bees: EFSA review evidence on mortality rates

04 August 2020

Article: 54/3105

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has analysed the available scientific evidence on bee mortality, as part of its ongoing review of the guidance for assessing risks to bees from pesticides. Their report is based on the largest systematic collection of evidence on mortality rates ever carried out, and covers three bee groups, honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees.

The EFSA report aims to strengthen existing knowledge by adopting a more systematic approach than used previously, and widening the scope of the analysis beyond mortality of forager bees.

The main sources of information were a systematic literature review and a survey of beekeepers from several EU countries. Following consultations and workshops involving risk managers from member states and the European Commission, EFSA’s working group has also proposed four possible approaches to defining the specific protection goals (SPGs) that will be used in the guidance review. Risk managers will now decide which approach EFSA should use.

Source: EFSA, 28 July 2020