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International POPs Elimination Network

International POPs Elimination Network

The International POPs Elimination Network is a global network of public interest non-governmental organisations united in support of a common POPs elimination goal. The mission of IPEN, achieved through its participating organisations, is to work for the global elimination of persistent organic pollutants, on an expedited yet socially equitable basis.


Natural Resources Defence Council

Natural Resources Defence Council

Studies the health effects of pesticides and fights to take the most dangerous chemicals out of use. At the same time, we promote farming methods that reduce the use of chemical pesticides. We monitor the federal government's actions to safeguard the food supply from pesticide residues. We also participate in numerous national advisory committees on the effects of pesticides and other chemicals, as well as on strategies for reducing pesticide exposure and related illnesses.

Pesticide Action Network - United Kingdom

Pesticide Action Network - United Kingdom

Promotes healthy food, agriculture and an environment which will provide food and meet public health needs without dependence on toxic chemicals, and without harm to food producers and agricultural workers. PAN UK is an independent, non-profit organisation. We work nationally and internationally with like-minded groups and individuals concerned with health, environment and development to: Eliminate the hazards of pesticides; Reduce dependence on pesticides and prevent unnecessary expansion of use; Increase the sustainable and ecological alternatives to chemical pest control.

Pesticide Safety Directorate - United Kingdom

Pesticide Safety Directorate - United Kingdom

An Executive Agency of the United Kingdom's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, administers the regulation of agricultural, horticultural, forestry, food storage and home garden pesticides. The principal functions of PSD are to evaluate and process applications for approval of pesticide products for use in Great Britain and provide advice to Government on pesticides policy. Our Aims are: To ensure the safe use of pesticides for people and the environment. As part of the strategy for sustainable food and farming, to reduce negative impacts of pesticides, encouraging reductions in their use, taking account of best practice, and the development and introduction of alternative control measures. To harmonise pesticide regulation within Europe and provide a level playing field for crop protection. We will meet these aims by regulation and other means. An Executive Agency of the United Kingdom's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, administers the regulation of agricultural, horticultural, forestry, food storage and home garden pesticides. The principal functions of PSD are to evaluate and process applications for approval of pesticide products for use in Great Britain and provide advice to Government on pesticides policy. Our Aims are: To ensure the safe use of pesticides for people and the environment. As part of the strategy for sustainable food and farming, to reduce negative impacts of pesticides, encouraging reductions in their use, taking account of best practice, and the development and introduction of alternative control measures. To harmonise pesticide regulation within Europe and provide a level playing field for crop protection. We will meet these aims by regulation and other means.

Prior Informed Consent - The Rotterdam Convention

Prior Informed Consent - The Rotterdam Convention

Governments started to address the problem of toxic pesticides and other hazardous chemicals in the 1980s by establishing a voluntary Prior Informed Consent procedure. PIC required exporters trading in a list of hazardous substances to obtain the prior informed consent of importers before proceeding with the trade.

In 1998, governments decided to strengthen the procedure by adopting the Rotterdam Convention, which makes PIC legally binding. The Convention establishes a first line of defense by giving importing countries the tools and information they need to identify potential hazards and exclude chemicals they cannot manage safely. If a country agrees to import chemicals, the Convention promotes their safe use through labeling standards, technical assistance, and other forms of support. It also ensures that exporters comply with the requirements. The Rotterdam Convention entered into force on 24 February 2004.


Stokholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

The Stockholm Convention is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants (POPs). POPs are chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms and are toxic to humans and wildlife. POPs circulate globally and can cause damage wherever they travel. In implementing the Convention, Governments will take measures to eliminate or reduce the release of POPs into the environment.


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