The COVID-19 pandemic calls for urgent policy responses to support the supply of disinfectant products such as hand sanitisers and wipes. The OECD is collecting and providing available information in countries to manage the emergency supply to increase availability of disinfectant products from different competent authorities and industry organisations. As the situation is fast evolving, countries are submitting information on a rolling basis.Read more
20 February 2019: OECD Council adopted the Recommendation on Countering the Illegal Trade of Pesticides to strengthen cooperation between countries and inspectors and to identify illegal pesticides throughout their lifecycle with a Best Practice Guidance.Read more
These last years, declines in pollinators have been reported in several regions of the world. Potential factors associated with these declines might include habitat destruction, certain agricultural practices, bee management practices, pathogens, nutrition and pesticides. It is uncertain how much pesticides contribute to pollinator declines. However the OECD develops tools to prevent potential negative effects from pesticide use on insect pollinators.Read more
OECD’s activities focus on both pesticides (chemical or biological products to protect plants, used in agriculture and related areas) and biocides (a diverse group of products including disinfectants used in homes and hospitals, products to preserve wood, products to prevent fouling on boats and products to control insects, mice or rats in homes and industries).
The objective of the OECD Programme on Pesticides and Sustainable Pest Management is to help governments co-operate in assessing and reducing the risks of agricultural pesticides and sustainably managing pests.
The OECD Biocide Programme aims to attain a harmonised approach in the regulation of biocides and to promote risk reduction.