Pesticide management is embodied by a number of national and international regulations and policy conventions that govern all aspects of pesticide manufacturing, distribution, use and disposal.
The International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management is the most comprehensive of these international agreements, and although its provisions are voluntary, the plant science industry is committed to adherence to its 12 articles.
In addition, the Code of Conduct Guidelines on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) were published in 2016. CropLife International was involved in the guideline development and endorses its principles, in particular to manage HHP’s using the risk assessment approach. This position was also strongly endorsed at ICCM4 by the majority of stakeholders to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (PIC) are International Conventions that seek to eliminate persistent organic pollutants and better inform countries regarding transboundary shipment of PIC listed chemicals.
Chemical Safety regarding human health and the environment is largely addressed by the World Health Organization (WHO) under the International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS) and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). The latter is a voluntary initiative aiming to take action and meet the requirements of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.