Organization of economic cooperation and development

The APVMA participates in various activities of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including the Working Group on Pesticides and Task Force on Biocides, Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials.

The Working Group on Pesticides is a committee that directs and oversees the work of the OECD Agricultural Pesticide Programme that encompasses agricultural pesticides. It is composed of government officials from OECD member countries, representatives from the European Commission and other international organisations, observers from the pesticide industry, and public interest non-governmental organisations.

The Pesticide Programme has three main objectives:

  • to help OECD governments share the work of pesticide registration and re-registration—the licensing of new products and re-licensing of old ones. This collaboration involves finding ways for governments to work together in assessing pesticide risks to humans and the environment. Work sharing is possible because the same pesticides are often used in many countries
  • to harmonise the data and methods used to test and assess pesticide risks. Harmonisation not only helps governments work together but also ensures the quality of the data and the rigour of the assessments
  • to help OECD governments reduce the risks associated with pesticide use. The programme identifies how governments can supplement pesticide registration and further reduce the risks that may result even when registered pesticides are used properly.

The Task Force on Biocides manages the work of the Biocide Programme including non-agricultural pesticides, and reports directly to the Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology.

The task force is composed of government officials from OECD member countries, representatives from the European Commission and other international organisations, observers from the pesticide industry, and public interest non-governmental organisations.

The OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials concentrates on human health and the implications for the safety of the environment posed by manufactured nanomaterials (limited mainly to the chemicals sector). The working party also aims to ensure that the approach to the assessment of hazard, exposure and risk is of a high, scientifically-based, and internationally harmonised standard.

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