Regulation should meet the needs of society by providing access to technology in a controlled manner. Regulation provides the opportunity to encourage innovation and enterprise while setting the standards for safety and sustainability. These should be established through pesticide regulation which:
- ensures there are no unacceptable risks to human health and the environment from the intended use(s) under practical conditions
- fosters responsible use and compliance throughout the food production chain
- promotes investment in new solutions for agriculture and plant science
- facilitates timely access to the technology
What is Regulation of Pesticides?
A comprehensive regulatory framework closely examines all phases of the pesticides product life-cycle. Safety is carefully considered at all stages of research & development and by manufacturing companies and regulatory bodies assessing the product in order to make a decision regarding what use(s) can be permitted. The decision should be supported by the appropriate checks to ensure quality control, based on the standards for registration data and manufacture.
The regulatory framework also covers proper handling, transport and precautions during use; including labeling and the setting of allowable residue levels in food (known as Maximum Residue Limits or MRLs).
It is essential that the regulatory framework is based on regulations grounded in science using an evidence-based approach to understanding the results of using a product, i.e. it characterizes the product and its proposed uses and makes informed decisions based on full information and evidence. This ensures that the safe use of pesticides can contribute towards sustainable food production through appropriate understanding and active management of any risks.