Pesticides an international code of conduct
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CTA. 1986. Pesticides an international code of conduct. Spore 4. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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An international code of conduct for the distribution and use of pesticides was approved at the 23rd Conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and adopted unanimously by the 158 member states. It took three years to...
An international code of conduct for the distribution and use of pesticides was approved at the 23rd Conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and adopted unanimously by the 158 member states. It took three years to draw up this code through consultations between the United Nations agencies/organisations, governments, international organisations and NGOs. This is the first attempt at regulating trade in these products which are vital to agriculture but cause at least half a million cases of poisoning yearly worldwide. The code covers all areas from manufacturing to use, and includes the assessment of risk, advertising and sale ability. It will contribute to the efficiency and safe handling of pest control products as well as reducing risks which could result from their misuse. This code has been welcomed by the agro-chemical industry, pest control industry, and particularly by the International Board of National AgroChemical Manufacturers Associations (GIFAP). GIFAP and its national associations will be responsible for the distribution and application of this code amongst their members. However, it should be pointed out that during the FAO Conference the industrialised countries rejected a Third World request to include a 'prior notification' clause in the code, by which an importing country should be notified by an exporting one if a proposed pesticide is either classified as dangerous or banned on its home territory. Being fully informed, an importing country will then be able to issue an import license in all confidence. No doubt this will be a clause to be re-negotiated in the near future since the code will be reviewed periodically to ensure its continued effectiveness.