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International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and use of Pesticides - Regular monitoring report -2008











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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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    Guidance on the monitoring and observance of implementation of the Code of Conduct
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    The objective of this guidance on fulfilling the reporting requirements of Article 12 of the Code of Conduct is to obtain a regular flow of information on its observance to strengthen implementation of the Code, to provide data for its future revisions and improvement, and, most importantly, to improve the protection of human health and the environment related to pesticide use and management in agriculture and public health. The guidance was prepared in compliance with the FAO/WHO International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management, which sets out a framework and voluntary standards of conduct for stakeholders in pesticide management, in particular governments and the pesticide industry. Endorsed by FAO, WHO, governments, pesticide producers, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, the Code outlines their shared responsibility to promote best practice and risk reduction throughout the pesticide life cycle. The Code of Conduct thereby establishes the commitment and moral obligation of stakeholders to comply with the agreed standards of conduct and to assume their respective responsibilities. These include governments’ responsibility to promote pesticide risk reduction and the industry’s responsibility to produce products that are adapted to the context of their use and to provide stewardship of those products throughout their life cycle. This guidance was prepared with the support of the FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Management (JMPM) to provide further guidance on the provisions of the Code of Conduct related to its observance and implementation. It reflects the joint FAO/WHO approach to pesticide management, thus addressing the topic in both agricultural and public health settings.
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    International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides - old version
    Revised Version - 2003
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    The International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides is the worldwide guidance document on pesticide management for all public and private entities engaged in, or associated with, the distribution and use of pesticides. It was adopted for the first time in 1985 by the Twenty-Fifth Session of the FAO Conference. The code is designed to provide standards of conduct and to serve as a point of reference in relation to sound pesticide management practices, in particular for gov ernment authorities and the pesticide industry. Following the adoption of the Rotterdam Convention in 1998 and in view of the changing international policy framework, as well as the persistence of certain pesticide management problems, particularly in developing countries, in 1999 FAO initiated the update and revision process of the Code. In November 2002, the Hundred and Twenty-Third Session of the FAO Council (with the authorization of the Thirty-First Session of the FAO Conference) approved t he revised version of the International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides by Council Resolution 1/123. This publication contains the revised version of the code.

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