Agricultural pesticides and biocides

Agricultural Pesticides Programme



Welcome to the OECD Pesticide Programme Web site!

This site will tell you about the OECD Pesticide Programme, which was created in 1992 to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of pesticide regulation by OECD governments. Today, the Programme is implementing more than a dozen projects. These projects focus on different aspects of pesticide regulation for both chemical pesticides (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and so forth) and biological pesticides (such as bacteria, viruses, and predatory insects) used in agriculture.

The Pesticide Programme has three main objectives.

The first objective is to help OECD governments share the work of pesticide registration and re-registration - the licensing of new products and re-licensing of old ones. This involves finding ways for governments to work together in assessing pesticide risks to man and the environment. Work sharing is possible because the same pesticides are often used in many countries.

The second objective of the Pesticide Programme is to harmonise the data and methods used to test and assess pesticide risks. Harmonisation not only helps governments work together but also ensures the quality of the data and the rigour of the assessments.

The third objective of the Pesticide Programme is to help OECD governments reduce the risks associated with pesticide use. Here, the Programme focuses on the variety of things that governments can do to supplement pesticide registration and further reduce the risks that may result even when registered pesticides are used properly.

To meet these objectives, the Pesticide Programme has projects in the following areas:

The origins of the Pesticide Programme date back to a meeting in Saltsjöbaden, Sweden , in 1991. The Swedish National Chemicals Inspectorate (KemI) organised this meeting, inviting participants from 12 national governments and nine international organisations to discuss ways to improve international co-operation in pesticide control and opportunities for risk reduction. The following year, the OECD Pesticide Programme was established.

The Pesticide Programme is directed by the Working Party on Pesticides (WPP), composed of government officials from the 30 OECD member countries. The WPP also includes representatives from the European Commission and other international organisations, the pesticides industry, and  the environmental and public interest community. The WPP meets once a year. The Programme is supported by the OECD Secretariat in Paris.


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