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Pesticide experts meet to support Codex work


The FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) is currently underway at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin, Germany. Dr Roland Solecki, Head of the Department of Pesticides Safety of the Federal Institute hosting the event, highlighted the importance of JMPR’s work in supporting the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) with scientific advice. He also noted its valuable contribution to enhancing collaboration between national and international organizations to assess the risk of pesticide residues in foods.

This is the first time the JMPR meeting has been hosted by a national government authority. This arrangement aims to further strengthen the relationship between the international scientific advisory body and the competent authorities of Codex Member Countries, whose experts are critical to the work of JMPR.

This year’s meeting, which runs from 18 to 27 September, brings together about 50 experts from around the world to evaluate the safety of more than 30 compounds and recommend maximum residue levels for consideration by the 51st session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) in 2019. The conclusions drawn during this meeting will be published on the FAO and WHO websites.

JMPR is an international expert scientific group administered jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO). It is one of the oldest scientific bodies supporting Codex in establishing maximum residue levels for pesticides in food and feed. To date, CCPR has developed over 5200 Codex MRLs based on JMPR evaluations

Read more on the FAO website and the WHO website.

Consult the JMPR database online