On 8 April, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (“JRC”) published a new study. The study confirms preliminary results presented last year, concluding that there is no need for a revision of the current EU limits on pollutants in sewage sludge used as fertiliser contained in Directive 86/278 on the protection of the environment. The study comes in the context of the Commission’s general review of EU waste laws. According to the JRC, in the 63 samples which were tested, the levels of certain chemical elements and organic compounds, such as pesticides, caffeine and diclofenac, were too low to present a measurable risk. The JRC maintains that further tests should be conducted to lessen the risk of experimental error.

The full text of the JRC’s study can be accessed via the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/jrc/downloads/jrc76111_lb_na_25598_en_n.pdf