Conclude 2nd round of requests for the Exceptional Use of Pesticides

Conclude 2nd round of requests for the Exceptional Use of Pesticides

  • SAN publishes an updated policy including the last official resolutions binding with 2017 SAN Standard.
  • During the second round of requests, finished last June 30, 250 requests were received.

Today, the Sustainable Agriculture Network has published an updated version of its Policy on Exceptional Use of FAO/WHO HHP Pesticides that includes the last authorizations granted after the last round of requests.

The second round of requests finished last June 30, with the reception of 250 applications covering 13 substances, 17 countries and 16 different crops. 50% of them were accepted as being aligned to the rules for this period and the other 50% of requests was rejected.

These authorizations will be valid until June 30, 2020 and only with the condition that strict risk management requirements are implemented according to 2017 SAN Standard provisions.

The only exception is in the use of epoxiconazole in coffee plantations, which is only authorized for one year (until June 30, 2018) due the reproductive toxic risk for knapsack spraying pesticide handlers. You can read the full list of authorizations here.

The main reasons for the rejection of all other requests for the exceptional use of FAO/WHO highly hazardous pesticides are (you can read the detailed report here):

  • Incomplete information
  • Substances were not within the range of the 26 active ingredients announced on June 15.
  • Substances are not effective for the control of the indicated pest species
  • Toxicity profile too high (e.g. WHO 1a or a combination of reproductive and mutagenic toxicity)
  • Other less toxic, effective and registered alternatives are available.

You can read the updated policy here. Please, send your questions about the documents to s&

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