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Sustainable use of pesticides

The EU sets rules for the sustainable use of pesticides to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticide use on people's health and the environment (Directive 2009/128/EC).

Main Actions for sustainable use of pesticides

  • National Action Plans- EU countries adopt them setting objectives and timetables to reduce risks and impacts of pesticide use;
  • Trainingpdf(152 kB) Choose translations of the previous link - Professional pesticide users, distributors and advisors get proper training.
    EU countries establish competent authorities and certification systems;
  • Information and awareness raising - Member States shall take measures to inform the general public and put in place systems to gather information on acute poisoning incidents and chronic poisoning developments;
  • Aerial spraying - Aerial spraying is prohibited. EU countries may allow it under strict conditions after warning people;
  • Minimising or banning - EU countries minimise or ban the use of pesticides in critical areas for environmental and health reasons;
  • Inspection of equipment in use – All pesticides application equipment will have to be inspected at least once by 2016 to grant a proper efficient use of any plant protection product;
  • Integrated pest management - Promotion of low pesticide-input management including non-chemical methods. Professional users will have to apply general principles of IPM from 1 January 2014.

Implementing phase

Sustainable use of pesticides - environmental aspects