* Prior Informed Consent (PIC) - Information on Certain Hazardous Pesticides and Industrial Chemicals in International Trade

* International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides

* Maximum Pesticide Residue Levels (MRLs) in Food and the Environment

* Pesticide Specifications and Quality Control Standards

* Prevention and Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides

* Safe Management of Pesticides

FAOs activities regarding Pesticide Management aim at managing the risks associated with the use of pesticides. These risks are multifaceted and there is no single effective approach to their resolution. To find effective solutions, it is important that activities be considered in the context of an overall programme of crop protection and government policy with respect to pesticide use. The International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides addresses these issues. The analysis of the implementation of the Code of Conduct allows conclusions to be drawn on the present global situation on the management of pesticides.

The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure provides for an exchange of information concerning chemicals which are banned or severely restricted.

FAO proposes maximum residue levels for individual pesticide in different foods and feed items, and provides advice on the acceptable levels of pesticide residues in food moving in international trade.

FAO is actively involved in helping countries establish and strengthen their plant protection capabilities, advising on organisation and management, providing operational guidelines and training scientific and technical personnel. This also includes strengthening food control through laboratory assessment, training in laboratory management and residue analysis, and publication of specifications for pesticides and manuals for pesticide analysis and quality assurance in food control chemical laboratories.

These activities include training in the safe, efficient and environmentally sound management of pesticides, establishing laboratory infrastructures for quality control of pesticides and residues, as well as the prevention and disposal of obsolete and unwanted pesticides.

Plant Protection Service, Pesticide Management Unit
Page updated 28 July 1999
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