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International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management

Guidance on use of pesticide regulation to prevent suicide










WHO & FAO. 2023. International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management: guidance on use of pesticide regulation to prevent suicide. Geneva: World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.


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    Guidelines for personal protection when handling and applying pesticides
    International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management
    2020
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    These guidelines are intended to provide guidance on pesticide risk reduction through reduced exposure by effective personal protection with special attention to the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). First, they provide technical information on personal protection and on the selection and use of PPE. Second, in line with the FAO/WHO International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management, they address policy issues and recommend measures to improve personal protection and specifically the use and availability of adequate quality and affordable PPE. They are primarily aimed at government authorities in charge of pesticide management and risk reduction, but are also considered useful to public and private sectors such as pesticide industry, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and other relevant entities. More specifically, these guidelines are targeted at stakeholders in low and middle income countries (LMICs) where it is acknowledged that there is limited legislation, compliance and enforcement, and PPE availability. These Guidelines were developed by the FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Management (JMPM) to provide guidance on provisions in the Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management that are related to personal protection of pesticide users. They are meant to enhance current national legislation and regulations on personal protection and personal protective equipment (PPE) or where there is none, to provide guidance. They reflect the FAO/WHO joint approach on pesticide management, thus addressing personal protection of both agricultural and public health operators/applicators, the latter being engaged in using insecticides for vector control.
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    International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management. Guidelines on Highly Hazardous Pesticides
    Guidelines on Highly Hazardous Pesticides. March 2016
    2016
    The FAO/WHO Guidelines on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) elaborate upon specific articles in the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management that address HHPs. This document is intended to provide guidance to countries on how to interpret and apply these articles effectively in order to reduce risks posed by HHPs. Countries are encouraged to identify the HHPs in use, to assess the risks involved and to decide upon appropriate measures to mitigate these risks. These guidelines apply to all pesticides, including agricultural, public health, household, amenity and industrial pesticides. They have been developed by the FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Management (JMPM).
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    Supporting Implementation of the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management - GCP/GLO/567/SWE 2019
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    The use of pesticides in low and middle-income countries poses large risks for both human health and the environment. Suboptimal national capacities and resources to soundly manage pesticides throughout their life cycle, lack of awareness at decision-making level and inadequate decision support systems are the main barriers to addressing these risks. Against this background, the project aimed to support the implementation of the FAO/World Health Organization (WHO) International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management, which sets standards and establishes voluntary norms for pesticide management. This involved preparing key guidelines, as prioritized by the FAO\WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Management, contributing to the development of a web-based pesticide registration toolkit, and advancing initiatives to expedite the phasing out of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs).

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