Best Practices



 The OECD has recently developed an OECD Guidance on Pesticide Compliance and Enforcement Best Practices


This is the coverpage of OECD Guidance on Pesticide Compliance and Enforcement Best Practices

The Best Practices Guidance addresses compliance and enforcement issues as they relate to pesticides and associated health and environmental  risks. The document provides guidance for promoting and monitoring compliance and for assessing and mitigating the risks of non-compliance. It is targeted primarily at pesticide regulators, but may also interest policy makers as well as regulated parties (i.e. pesticide industry), and it addresses the following areas of the pesticide life-cycle:

  • Manufacturing and product integrity;
  • Distribution (including transportation and sale);
  • Product use;
  • Product storage; and
  • Container recycling and disposal.



For each of these areas, the best practice guidance:

  • reviews regulatory requirements, and lists compliance and enforcement activities that regulators can conduct to ensure compliance
  • includes guidance on how to detect problems, check compliance and determine whether a problem of non-compliance does exist
  • provides factors to consider when assessing the risk of non-compliance
  • informs about risk tolerance and risk management options (including communication aspects)
  • provides guidance on the evaluation of effectiveness of the responses given to non-compliance



The regulatory reforms will bring the Agvet Codes up to date with contemporary regulation in Australia, with practice and procedures to be developed to implement the legislative reforms.


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