Managing pesticides in agriculture and public health -- An overview of FAO and WHO guidelines and other resources
The International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management
The International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management, developed collaboratively by FAO and WHO, sets out a framework and standards of conduct for managing pesticides throughout their life cycle. Accepted worldwide as a reference for pesticide management, the Code of Conduct is directed primarily at government authorities and the pesticide industry but is also relevant for other stakeholders.
The Code of Conduct has been updated several times since it was first published by FAO, in 1985, as The International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides. The current, fourth version of the Code was published jointly by FAO and WHO in 2014. This version gives greater attention to public health pesticides and the impacts of pesticides on health and the environment. It makes specific reference to pertinent multinational environmental agreements, the management of highly hazardous pesticides and the protection of vulnerable groups. In addition, it updates terms and definitions and aligns guidance in several areas with developments in the management of industrial chemicals.