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Technical guidelines on residues in honey – final version published

The final version of ‘Technical guidelines for determining the magnitude of pesticide residues in honey and setting Maximum Residue Levels in honey’ (SANTE/11956/2016 rev. 9) has been published on the EU Commission website following endorsement by the SCoPAFF (Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed) Residues meeting of 18-19 September 2018.  


The guidance document covers the circumstances in which to consider residues/ MRLs in honey, the residue definition for honey and bee products, and presents a decision-making scheme for MRL setting in honey. Appendices covering a list of melliferous crops, and descriptions of different study types (studies via syrup feeding, field residue trials and tunnel residue trials) are included. Consumer risk assessment of honey and bee products has been clarified to include only honey. Consumption of pollen (including pollen present in honey), royal jelly, propolis, bee wax and honeycomb is considered negligible. Therefore there is no need to generate experimental residue data for these commodities.


At the June 2018 SCoPAFF  meeting, the Commission proposed to set 1 July 2019 as implementation date for the Technical Guidelines, and the guidance document indicates that it should be implemented by 01 January 2020; confirmation of date of implementation is expected.


The final version of the guidance document is available online at


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Published 2nd October 2018
Categories Agrochemicals, Links, News
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