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Guidelines on Highly Hazardous Pesticides

Aim of the resource

These guidelines present a 3-step process to identify, assess, and mitigate the risks of highly hazardous pesticides used in a country. The guidelines apply to all pesticides, including agricultural, public health, household, amenity and industrial pesticides. The 3-step process considers not only the risks from but also the needs for the HHPs and explains how to find viable alternatives. The process is linked to tools in the FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit and other resources that can support the work.

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Pest and Pesticide Management, Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO

The guidelines provide the definition of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) given in the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management, as well as the eight criteria developed by the FAO-WHO JMPM for determining if a pesticide is highly hazardous. The guidelines also discuss the international context for action on HHPs, which includes the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) resolution that calls for concerted action to address HHPs.


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