Compliance Programmes


This page shows information in the following areas:

  • Approaches to compliance planning
  • Implementation and monitoring of compliance programmes
  • Reporting of compliance programme results


The specific compliance programmes can be viewed with the following links provided by the regulatory authorities of countries listed below:

Australia • CanadaIreland • The NetherlandsUnited States



A general introduction to Compliance, Enforcement and Recalls is available at (Note – this will be changing with new content to advise interested parties of a new compliance approach in early 2014.)

The APVMA Corporate Plan 2012-2015 provides guidance on the strategic approach being implemented by the APVMA. The APVMA Operational Plan 2013-2014 provides more specific guidance on what and how the APVMA will be undertaking during the fiscal year. Both Corporate and Operational plans are available through The Operational Plan is required by legislation to be produced every year and sets out specific actions and performance measures across all of the agencies strategic programs. Strategies Four and Five of the APVMA Operational Plan 2013-2014 is specific to the compliance program, with other Strategies including compliance components within them.

The APVMA statement on “Our Regulatory Posture” is posted on the APVMA website. This content will be integrated into broader regulatory content from January 2014.





Legislative powers of Inspectors

Worksheet for recording pesticide use by end-users

Enforcement Manual

Inspection Manual 


The Netherlands

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority

Programmatic supervision

The NVWA uses a risk based approach designed to improve effectiveness of supervision and monitoring. It provides detailed information regarding compliant behaviour and the consequences of the effects of non-compliance. It is based on human behaviour and is information driven: supervision is based on knowledge of the sector and target groups. By doing research to identify who breaks the rules (non compliance), why (causes and motives) and with what effect (risks/negative consequences/impact) we develop a shared representation of reality. Based on these insights we choose the most effective interventions. Interventions will vary between different target groups: it is custom made, depending on 'what works for who'. To be able to design a program, several tools are used, e.g. a quick scan to identify all supervision tasks, analyses to determine and assess the motives for (non-) compliance, risk analyses, etc. Also, relevant partners are involved in this process.

This programmatic and cyclical approach is organised by roughly seven steps and is linked with the existing policy cycle:

1. Defining policy goals
2. Risk analyses to prioritize main target groups and deviant behaviour
3. Target group analyses to develop an intervention strategy
4. Defining actions and assigning tasks
5. Monitoring actions
6. Measuring effects
7. Evaluation and back to step 1.

In short:
It's cyclical: an overall 4 year program is designed with yearly evaluation on specific elements
It's integral: all relevant sectors are included per monitoring domain
It's transparent and it includes:

  • A vision on supervision.
  • Assessment of all relevant supervision and monitoring tasks, including the bottlenecks.
  • Priorities and goals, e.g. desired compliance levels.
  • Methods to reach goals.
  • Costs of these methods where personnel and means are concerned.
  • Cooperation with relevant partners.

See also:


United States

U.S. EPA/Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance National Program Managers Guidance for Fiscal Year 2013 (pesticide-related guidance begins on p.67)

U.S. EPA/Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance National Program Managers Guidance for Fiscal Year 2014 (pesticide-related guidance begins on p.35)


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