Sustainable use of pesticides

Sustainable use of pesticides

Directive 2009/128/EC aims to achieve a sustainable use of pesticides in the EU by reducing the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment and promoting the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and of alternative approaches or techniques, such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides. EU countries have drawn up National Action Plans to implement the range of actions set out in the Directive.

The main actions relate to training of users, advisors and distributors of pesticides, inspection of pesticide application equipment, the prohibition of aerial spraying, limitation of pesticide use in sensitive areas, and information and awareness raising about pesticide risks.

EU countries must also promote Integrated Pest Management, for which, general principles are laid down in Annex III to the Directive.

The main purpose of this web-portal is to provide:

  • key information on the sustainable use of pesticides and

  • links to relevant information contained on official websites in the Member States.

There is a search function to help find the links you are looking for.

Harmonised Risk Indicators

The European Commission has adopted the Commission Directive 2019/782 establishing Harmonised Risk Indicators to estimate trends in the risks from pesticide use as required by Directive 2009/128/EC establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides.

Click here for more information on Harmonised Risk Indicators.

Main Actions

More information on main actions

More information on main actions.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

overview of IPM, definitions and key principles

Click here for an overview of IPM, definitions and key principles.

Report from the Commission on progress by EU countries

Report from the Commission

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on Member State National Action Plans and on progress in the implementation of Directive 2009/128/EC on the sustainable use of pesticides.

Search Member States' Information

This search tool gives access to Member State websites on the sustainable use of pesticides.