Agricultural pesticides and biocides

Task Force on Biocides (TFB)


The Task Force on Biocides (TFB) manages the work of the Biocide Programme and reports directly to the Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology (JM).

The TFB is composed of:

  • Government officials responsible for the regulation of biocides from OECD Member countries. It  also includes: representatives from the European Commission (and DG Environment and the European Chemicals Agency- ECHA)
  • Observers from the biocide industry, i.e. European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)  and American Chemical Council (ACC)

The TFB was previously known as the Biocides Steering Group (BSG) and used to report to the Working Group on Pesticides (WGP) which in turn reports to the JM. This changed following discussion in the JM in June 2003.

The TFB meets every year to review progress in the work programme and agree on next steps and activities.


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