11 Dec 2012 -- The risk reduction of pesticides and reduction of highly toxic pesticides for promotion of food safety and sustainable development of crop production through implementation of code of conduct on distribution and use of pesticides and relevant international treaties is one of FAO main working area. The improvement of regulatory pesticide management is of key context of the code of conduct. The workshop on enhancement of regional collaboration in regulatory management of pesticides was held from 26-30 November 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand with participation of delegates from 16 countries. It was noted that all countries made progress in their efforts for regional harmonization. The regional cooperation network provided an opportunity to share expertise and resources among countries to learn and help each other in the process of the amendments of regulations and legislations concerned. The continual active collaboration among former TCP project countries (ASEAN) would be also an added value to the regional harmonization approaches. The workshop not only reviewed the progress made in the regulatory harmonization in member countries but also shared the outcomes of each country’s self assessment exercises and compile the results in a system that allows assessing the level of regulatory harmonization in 5 areas by 7 former TCP countries. The meeting consolidated the data requirements for different types of registration and produced an easy to use summary table of the requirements. A priority list of registration data requirements was developed by the participants, which can be used by the individual countries as a checklist for their own requirements and to measure their progress toward harmonization; Post-registration activities need strengthening in most countries; however, this is largely determined by the available resources. A priority list was developed to help countries with fewer resources to set-up activities that are within their means. The targets and indicators for regulatory harmonization and set short/mid/long term goals were update and prioritize. Each country prepared work plan for follow up action to achieve greater regulatory harmonization.
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