Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues

The Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) provides independent, expert scientific advice to the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its specialist committee on pesticide residues, the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR). The Codex Alimentarius Commission develops international food standards and guidelines, with the aim of protecting consumer health, ensuring fair trade practices and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by government and non-government organisations.

The JMPR comprises the World Health Organisation (WHO) Core Assessment Group and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment. The WHO Core Assessment Group undertakes toxicological reviews of pesticides and establishes health-based guidance values, such as acceptable daily intakes and acute reference doses, which in turn are important for establishing maximum residue limits (MRLs) used in international trade. The FAO Panel reviews pesticide residue data, undertakes dietary risk assessments and recommends to CCPR to be considered for adoption by the Codex Alimentarius Commission as Codex MRLs. APVMA scientists participate in both the WHO Core Assessment Group and FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticides Residues.

In addition to its role in international standing-setting for pesticides, the JMPR also develops scientific guidelines on the interpretation of toxicological studies and advances pesticide risk assessment methodologies.

The toxicological and residues monographs published by the JMPR are an important source of information used by the APVMA.

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