The objective of this OECD website on IPM, called “IPM Hub”, is to provide a platform for information sharing and cooperation between all stakeholders. The platform ties together the wealth of information related to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which already exists and in particular IPM policies, programmes, production guidelines and IPM case studies in OECD countries.

The IPM Hub merges the key information on IPM regulatory approaches and access to websites of OECD governments and of regional & international organisations involved in IPM.  The collated information is considered most valuable by the OECD Expert Group on IPM and subject to a collective quality assessment. New relevant information will be added periodically, as it becomes available or submitted to the OECD Expert Group on IPM.

What's New

IPM case study for Canada, added 2 June 2014   

OECD Expert Group on IPM

The Expert Group on IPM (EGIPM) is constituted by experts on integrated pest management from OECD countries and international organizations such as FAO  and EPPO. The objectives of the group are to collectively steer activities on OECD level for the further promotion and enhancement of IPM adoption across crops and sectors covering large geographical areas and to inform national governments and all concerned stakeholders about IPM. The EGIPM is currently implementing its workplan that addresses four main objectives:

1 – Facilitating coordination and information exchange about IPM
2 – Promoting and developing policies in favour of IPM adoption and implementation
3 – Developing indicators of IPM adoption and impact
4 - Facilitating awareness raising about IPM among the public & food chain operators

Other OECD activities related to IPM

The OECD is engaged in a number of events and activities aiming to foster IPM adoption (please visit the OECD page on OECD's activities on IPM, as part of its pesticide risk reduction work). These have included:

• In 1998, the OECD organised the first OECD Workshop on IPM (“OECD/FAO Workshop on Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Risk Reduction”).

• In October 2011, the “OECD Workshop on IPM - Strategies for the adoption and implementation of IPM in agriculture contributing to the sustainable use of pesticides and to pesticide risk reduction” reinforced the critical role of IPM approaches for sustainable use of pesticides.

The OECD is also addressing issues dealing with biological pesticides, from a scientific, technical and regulatory point of view.


What is Integrated Pest Management?

OECD has not endorsed a particular definition of integrated pest management. The OECD and EGIPM use existing definitions of international organisations, such as FAO, IOBC or others (e.g. in the Compendium of IPM Definitions; Bajwa, W. I. and M. Kogan. (2002) Compendium of IPM Definitions (CID)- What is IPM and how is it defined in the Worldwide Literature? IPPC Publication No. 998, Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC), Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA).

For example, FAO describes Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms.

At its 1998 workshop, the OECD compiled existing definitions of IPM (read more).