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Guidance on bridging of risk assessments

19/12/2018
Conducting human health or environmental risk assessments of a pesticide requires considerable resources from a pesticide registration authority. Appropriate toxicological and environmental data need to be available; local estimates of exposure have to be made, either through an appropriate model or with other means; and staff needs to be trained [...]

New module on public health pesticides

19/10/2018
In some countries, different regulatory authorities evaluate and register agricultural pesticides and public health pesticides. Typically, these ministries responsible for agriculture and health. The scientific background of the persons evaluating public health pesticides is therefore often different from those assessing agricultural pesticides and evaluation methods may vary. Furthermore, while many [...]

Working Group on soils

23/04/2018
The assessment of the hazards and risks of a pesticide to soil organisms, biodiversity and ecological functions is a key aspect of the registration process in many countries. Risks of pesticides to soils are of a particular importance as they may directly or indirectly affect agricultural production. However, so far, few [...]

Registration Strategies module updated

21/07/2017
The Registration Strategies module in the Toolkit provides guidance to pesticide registrars about the overall approaches that a registration authority can take to evaluate and authorize pesticides. In many low and middle income countries, registration authorities have very limited human and financial resources. They need to find the best way [...]

Special Topic on HHPs

21/07/2017
A new menu section has been included in the Toolkit: Special Topics. It covers technical subjects that are of particular relevance to pesticide registration. The first special topic added to the Toolkit is Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs). These are pesticides that are acknowledged to present particularly high levels of acute or [...]

Terms & Definitions Toolkit section updated and expanded

01/06/2017
Have you always wanted to know the difference between a risk and a hazard? Between the technical material and the technical concentrate of a pesticide?On special request of Toolkit users the Toolkit now hosts a greatly expanded section on Terms and Definitions which contains about 160 terms that are frequently [...]

Toolkit webinar 2/11/2016 recording available

02/11/2016
On November 2, a one hour webinar on de the FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit was organised by FAO and UNITAR.The webinar, chaired by Mr. Gu Baogen of FAO, started with an introduction about the IOMC toolbox for Decision Making in Chemicals Management by Mr. Brandon Turner, of UNITAR.Next the FAO [...]

Working group on Product Chemistry

08/09/2016
From 5 – 7 September 2016, FAO hosted a working group on pesticide product chemistry. Any new pesticide product proposed for registration in a country needs to be evaluated for its composition and physico-chemical characteristics in order to ensure that it meets specifications and is composed of active ingredients and [...]

Eliminating highly hazardous pesticides in Southern Africa

14/06/2016
FAO, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention, the Swedish Chemical Agency (KEMI), the University of Cape Town and the Southern African Pesticide Regulators Forum (SAPReF), organized a regional workshop on risk reduction of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), from 25 – 29 April 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The [...]

Pollinator module on-line

16/03/2016
Bees are important pollinators of crops and wild plants, but are sensitive to many types of pesticides. Proper assessment of the hazard and risk of pesticides to bees is therefore of crucial importance to sustain agricultural production and maintain biodiversity, and an essential part of pesticide registration. Hazard and risk [...]