The following characteristics of recognized good regulation provide a universal framework within which countries can continue to exercise their right to choose an appropriate approach to regulation, while aligning towards the core principles of good practice.
Registration is governed by national and/or regional legislation/regulation and is required in order to sell, distribute, supply, store, and use the pesticide product. Approval results in the establishment of conditions of use and the setting of acceptable quality and trading standards.
All studies are conducted to strict guidelines according to Good Laboratory Practice where facilities are subject to an independent audit and where the raw data is retained for inspection by responsible parties. Approval requires the applicant to provide a comprehensive data set on the product and its use(s) but the actual requirements and processes are diverse around the world and range from fairly simplistic to highly complex; this is a reflection of the differing stages of economic development, political concerns and the significance of agriculture. This reflects differing positions of economic development, political priorities and the importance of agriculture. Drawing on this extensive source of information and experience, CropLife International has compiled the characteristics of accepted and recognized good regulation. The “Principles of Regulation” provides guidance on universally applicable regulatory standards, best practices and risk assessment to serve as a common reference point for the continuous improvement and development of regulatory systems.