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Public Comments Invited Regarding the "Guidelines for the Evaluation of the Designation Agricultural of Chemicals as Designated Harmless Agricultural Chemicals"

January 23, 2009

The Ministry of the Environment invites public comments regarding the amending of the "Guidelines for the Evaluation of the Designation of Agricultural Chemicals as Designated Harmless Agricultural Chemicals" (hereinafter called "the Guidelines"). Comments will be accepted from January 23, 2009 to February 21, 2009.

Under Paragraph 1, Article 2 of the Agricultural Chemicals Regulation Law, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries designate Designated Harmless Agricultural Chemicals which are considered to be harmless for crops, humans, livestock and aquatic animals and plants based on their raw materials.

The Guidelines indicate the points of procedure and evaluation for designating agricultural chemicals as Designated Harmless Agricultural Chemicals.

All procedures related to this invitation will be conducted in Japanese; comments must therefore also be submitted in Japanese.

For further information, please visit the Ministry of the Environment's website, http://www.env.go.jp/info/iken.html (in Japanese).

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