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Supporting Implementation of the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management - GCP/GLO/567/SWE










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    International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management
    Guidance on use of pesticide regulation to prevent suicide
    2023
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    The revised International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management (1, 2), further referred to as the ‘Code of Conduct’, is a regularly updated, globally accepted standard of conduct relating to all aspects of the management of pesticides. The Code of Conduct, now jointly published by FAO and WHO, has been strengthened to reduce the adverse effects of pesticides on health and the environment and to support sustainable agricultural practices. In addition, new topics have been included to better address pesticide management and the pesticide life-cycle approach, to cover both agricultural and public health uses of pesticides, including both integrated pest management and integrated vector management, as well as new definitions, such as for highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs). Although adherence to the Code of Conduct is voluntary, the document provides general, authoritative guidance on pesticide management, and many countries have adopted its principles in their national legislation. The document provides guidance, particularly for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), in cooperating with relevant stakeholders on best practices in using regulation to prevent suicides with agricultural pesticides. It builds on the 2016 FAO/WHO guidelines on highly hazardous pesticides (2) and serves as a technical complement to the 2019 WHO/FAO publication, Preventing suicide: a resource for pesticide registrars and regulators (7). It is consistent with WHO’s strategy for suicide prevention (4, 6), WHO’s recommendations on cost-effective interventions for mental health
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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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    Addressing Highly Hazardous Pesticides in Mozambique 2015
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    In low- and middle-income countries, Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) may often pose unacceptable risks to humans and the environment. In order to reduce these risks, a project implemented by FAO funded by the “Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management” (SAICM) under the Quick Start Programme enabled the development of a cost-effective yet comprehensive methodology to identify Highly Hazardous Pesticides in Mozambique; and to assess their risk to human health and the environment based on the extent and nature of their use. The method is presented here from identification to HHPs regulation. The work conducted with the National Directorate of the Agrarian Services of the Ministry of Agriculture contributed to Mozambique taking important regulatory measures by cancelling the registration of an important number of HHPs, thereby protecting people and the ecosystems.

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