Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry will allow for agrochemicals awaiting regulatory approval to receive licenses automatically, potentially allowing new pesticides to reach market faster, according to new rules published in the government gazette with effect on April 1. If the ministry fails to review applications for new chemicals to be licensed within 60 days, the products will automatically be approved, although they will still need to receive separate approvals by the Health and Environment Ministries before going on the market.
Brazil tops the list of recipients of agrochemical products classified as “highly dangerous,” accounting for about $3.3 billion in 2018, according to Unearthed, a journalism group funded by Greenpeace UK, and the Swiss NGO Public Eye. “The approval of new pesticides by Brazilian regulators, including those containing HHPs (highly hazardous pesticides), has grown under the governments of Michel Temer and Jair Bolsonaro,” the report says. The pesticides market is dominated by five companies – Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, FMC and Corteva (formerly Dow and DuPont).