26/02 A consultation on how to implement new European rules on pesticides was launched today, and seeks people’s views on how to ensure the continued sustainable use of pesticides.
The consultation is seeking views on how to implement the European Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides, which covers areas including the training of pesticide users, inspection of spraying equipment and minimising the risk of pollution from pesticides.
The consultation also puts forward options on access to information about pesticides used near homes, and how people could be given the option to obtain this information.
Environment Minister Dan Norris said:
“Public health is our priority, and I look forward to hearing people’s views on how we can build on the UK’s very high pesticide safety standards.
“We need a balanced approach to further reduce the risks and impacts of pesticides on people and the environment, while ensuring we can continue to grow high-quality affordable food to help feed a growing population.”
The consultation includes options on approaches ranging from retaining the current system to adopting further regulatory controls.
The consultation, which has been launched by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate on behalf of Defra, runs until 4 May.
Notes to editors
1. The consultation on the new EU legislation, together with impact assessments, can be found at www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/pesticides/.
2. The consultation is being carried out by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive on behalf of Defra, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish Executive, and the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Phone: For enquiries please contact the above department