Pesticides are valuable economic tools but they may present risks to people and the environment if they are not formulated and used safely. Defra's pesticide policy aims to minimise risk without losing the benefits.
The law requires that only government approved pesticides shall be sold, supplied, stored, advertised or used. These approvals are granted by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) of the Health and Safety Executive (www.pesticides.gov.uk) on behalf of government under a range of specific pesticide related legislation. Approval is only granted if a comprehensive risk assessment establishes that use of the product will not pose unacceptable risks to people or to the environment.
* Pesticides policy
Following a consultation earlier in 2011 the following regulations come into force on the 24 September 2011:
* Plant Protection Products Regulations 2011
* Plant Protection Products (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2011
* Summary of responses to the plant protection products regulations 2011 consultation
This completes work to give effect to Regulation 1107/2009 in the UK. Work on transposing and implementing the Directive on the Sustainable use of Pesticides (2009/128/EC) - the other key part of the EU Thematic Strategy on Pesticides - is outlined below.
See the DEFRA Website :- Pesticides