AGP - International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management

The International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management  is the framework on pesticide management for all public and private entities engaged in, or associated with, production, regulation and management of pesticides.  The new Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management was approved by the FAO Conference in June 2013. The Code provides standards of conduct serves as a point of reference in relation to sound pesticide life cycle management practices, in particular for government authorities and the pesticide industry.

New International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management










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The Code of Conduct is supported by technical guidelines that are developed by the Panel of Experts on Pesticide Management.


From October 2017 to January 2018, FAO and WHO are carrying out a global survey on pesticide registration and management in countries.  This questionnaire is composed of three Parts:

Part I covers registration and regulation of both agricultural and public health pesticides and should be completed by the national pesticide registration authority.

Part II covers pesticide application in agriculture and should be completed by the director of the Agriculture Department and/or the national coordinator for Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Part III covers public health pesticide application for vector-borne disease control and should be completed by the director of the main national vector-borne disease control programme (e.g. malaria, dengue), or (where applicable) by the national manager for vector control (i.e. person who has overall responsibility for entomological surveillance and vector control in the country)

Parts I and II are distributed by FAO while Part III is distributed by WHO.

The electronic versions of the questionnaire can be downloaded from here: Part I, Part II and Part III.

All country responses needed to be channelled through the FAO country offices. One coordinated response is expected for each country. Completed Parts I and Parts II should be returned to the FAO country office, that will send it to the FAO Sub-regional/Regional offices that will eventually forward it to FAO HQ/AGPM specifically to

Deadline for survey responses: 31 May 2018 


Since 2007 highly hazardous pesticides are a special focus area for FAO in implementing the Code of Conduct.


Internationally, FAO is involved in the activities of the Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM) and is a Participating Organization in the Inter-Organisation Proramme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC).



This map highlights all the countries which have pesticide legislation implemented on the basis of the FAO/WHO International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management. The Code of Conduct provides standards of conduct as well as guidance for all public and private entities engaged in or associated with the management of pesticides. In particular, as outlined in the Guidelines on Legislation, it is especially useful for countries where inadequate, outdated or even no national legislation to regulate pesticides is available.


Legend: Active (green color) means there is legislation effective in the country whereas inactive (red color) stands for no legislation has been implemented yet. Not applicable (grey color) means there is no information available from the country. Colors used are illustrative.


Source: FAO Plant Protection office(s) based in FAO Regional and Sub-Regional offices


The map was created in August 2017 and updated in February 2018


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The designations employed and the presentation of material in this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) concerning the legal or development status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.




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