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We take an active role in the approval process for pesticides.
“Pesticides" is a term used to describe all chemical and biological products used to kill or control pests. Pests are living organisms such as rodents, insects, fungi and plants that harm our food, our health or our environment.
The term pesticides includes:
- insecticides (insect-killers)
- herbicides (weed-killers)
- molluscicides (including slug-pellets)
- rodenticides (such as rat & mouse-killers).
Agricultural pesticides include those used in:
- agriculture and horticulture
- food storage practice
- animal husbandry
- vertebrate control.
Non-agricultural pesticides are those for use in:
- wood preservation
- surface biocides
- insecticides for use in public hygiene areas
- biocidal paints
- insect repellents
- anti-fouling products.
We are involved with a number of committees and steering groups responsible for policy advice given to the UK Government and the devolved administrations on pesticides.
The regulation of pesticides and biocides in Wales and England is the responsibility of the Chemical Regulation Directorate (CRD)(external link). The CRD are a Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive (external link).
The primary aim of the Directorate is to ensure the safe use of biocides, industrial chemicals, pesticides and detergents to protect the health of people and the environment.
The Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products was introduced by the Welsh Government, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) on 15 December 2005.
This Code of Practice is for all professional users of plant protection products in England and Wales. The code can be found on the CRD website (external link)