Alignment of Pesticide Regulations and Standards

Sponsor: USDA FAS
Target Group: Faculty & Staff
Closing Date: August 10, 2020
Description: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) aims to align pesticide registration systems and maximum residue limit (MRL) standard setting across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and to do so based on U.S. regulatory systems and international standard setting bodies. Alignment of registration systems and trade standards is a complex process, involving multiple regulatory agencies and technical staff across regions and continents, and requires a multifaceted approach involving experts from a broad array of subject matters. Aligned trade standards support exports of U.S. agricultural products to foreign markets.

Access to new, low-risk pesticide products continues to be challenging for farmers around the world. Even when the products are available, farmers in all countries face trade barriers when residue standards differ, or do not exist, in export markets. Efforts to build regulatory capacity and encourage the adoption of import tolerances and Codex MRLs, when appropriate, can help reduce these trade barriers and ensure critical pest control tools are available to farmers.

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