Pesticides are chemical or biological products used in agriculture to protect plants.
The objective of the OECD Pesticide Programme is to help governments co-operate in assessing and reducing the risks of agricultural pesticides. The OECD encourages governments to share the work of pesticide registration and develops tools to monitor and minimise pesticide risk to health and the environment. Non-agricultural pesticides are dealt with under the OECD Biocide Programme.
The latest News and Publications from the OECD Pesticides Programme
25 May 2012 - OECD Survey on Integrity of Pesticides at the Manufacturing, Import and Distribution Stages: Survey Results
This document provides the results of the above-mentioned OECD survey that was carried out in 2009-2010. The objectives of this survey were to explore issues regarding product integrity at the manufacturing, import, distribution and sale stages, and to gather information on current regulatory practices and oversight mechanisms, in terms of regulatory and compliance best practices, that exist to mitigate risks and to address emerging issues.
25 May 2012 - Report of the OECD Workshop on the Development of Harmonized International Guidance for Pesticide Terrestrial Field Dissipation Studies and Crosswalk of North American & European Eco-Regions
This report presents the results and recommendations made by the above mentioned OECD workshop, held in Ottawa, Canada, on 9 11 March 2011. The purpose of the workshop was to solicit OECD country experts’ input on issues related to harmonising guidance for pesticide terrestrial field dissipation (TFD) studies and to constructing an eco-region crosswalk. This workshop contributed to further progress harmonisation in pesticide scientific and regulatory areas among OECD countries.
10 January 2012 - OECD Issue Paper on Microbial Contaminant Limits for Microbial Pest Control Products
The purpose of this Issue Paper that has been developed by the OECD BioPesticides Steering Group, is to highlight current international microbial contaminant criteria on food and drinking water and to encourage discussions among OECD member countries on the acceptable levels of microbial contamination in microbial pest control products. A compilation of methods available for screening microbial pest control products for the presence of pathogens and other micro-organism contaminants are referenced for guidance to regulatory authorities and applicants/notifiers alike.
10 Januray 2012 - Report of the Second OECD BioPesticides Steering Group Seminar on the Fate in the Environment of Microbial Control Agents and their Effects on Non-Target Organisms
This report presents the results of an OECD Seminar (Paris, May 2010) on biopesticide issues related to the fate in the environment of microbial biological control agents (mBCAs) and their effects on non-target organisms (NTOs), an issue of interest to OECD member countries’ governments. The objectives of the Seminar were manifold and sought to 1/ identify key issues & challenges, 2/ provide updates of national & international activities, and 3/ suggest options for OECD countries and key stakeholders in the area of the fate in the environment of mBCAs and their effects on NTOs.