Highly Hazardous Pesticides
About Highly Hazardous Pesticides
The International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management defines Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) as 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.
Recognizing that highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) cause adverse human health and environmental effects in many countries, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries, ICCM4 supported concerted action to address HHPs.
The Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals has agreed to facilitate collaboration, cooperation and contributions of stakeholders in the implementation of the HHP Strategy.
SAICM stakeholders are encouraged to undertake concerted efforts to implement the HHP Strategy at the local, national, regional and international levels, with emphasis on promoting agroecologically based alternatives and strengthening national regulatory capacity to conduct risk assessment and risk management, including the availability of necessary information, mindful of the responsibility of national and multinational enterprises.
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