WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES)

Methods and operating procedures for aircraft disinsection

Report of a WHO consultation Geneva, 3–4 July 2018

WHO/Department of control of neglected tropical diseases

Publication details

Editors: Dr R. S. Yadav/Vector ecology and management
Number of pages: iv, 28 p.
Publication date: December 2018
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 151504 7
WHO reference number:



Dr Velayudhan welcomed participants to the consultation on behalf of the Director of the WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases. WHO had last published guidance on aircraft disinsection in 1995, but this publication was now out of date and parts of it had been superseded by more recent guidelines. Additionally, the rapid spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika virus disease had focused attention on the need for updated guidance, even including on the value of aircraft disinsection as a valid public health measure.

The objectives of the meeting were outlined, namely:

  • to review the challenges faced by end-users of aircraft disinsection products;
  • to review current and new procedures for aircraft disinsection;
  • to review the need for new insecticide formulations; and
  • to make recommendations on the selection of disinsection methods to be used.

Participants were reminded of the need:

  • to advise on updating the WHO recommendations on the selection and use of aircraft disinsection products and methods;
  • to advise on the development of standard operating procedures for all aircraft disinsection methods; and
  • to advise on the development of training materials and tools.