Agricultural pesticides and biocides


  • Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals Webinar

    Monday 29 March at 15:00 CET / 9:00 EST | Join the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) webinar and learn more about the activities undertaken by the OECD, the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other key organizations to prevent illegal traffic/trade in hazardous chemicals and waste, and how concerted global action can support this. Other speakers will include experts from IOMC Participating Organizations, government, NGOs, and industry, as well as an interactive discussion with participants.

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  • Adoption of the Recommendation on Countering the Illegal Trade of Pesticides

    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.

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  • Work related to bees/pollinators

    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.

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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.