Pesticide Action Network (PAN) has been one of the key driving forces among non- governmental organizations (NGOs) for improving pesticide and crop protection policies towards safer, socially just, environmentally sustainable and economically viable pest management systems.
The International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides was adopted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to respond to the growing evidence of risks and harm associated with the use of pesticides in 1985.
The latest PAN Guidelines on Highly Hazardous Pesticides, adopted is as follows:
“Highly Hazardous Pesticides means pesticides that are acknowledged to present particularly high levels of acute or chronic hazards to health or environment according to internationally accepted classification systems such as WHO or GHS or their listing in relevant binding international agreements or conventions. In addition, pesticides that appear to cause severe or irreversible harm to health or the environment under conditions of use in a country may be considered to be and treated as highly hazardous.”Guidelines of Highly Hazardous Pesticides