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Working internationally helps support and strengthen public health and environmental protection in the United States and worldwide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Pesticide Programs is committed to:

As international trade in crops, food commodities, and pesticide products increases, EPA works with foreign governments, international organizations, and stakeholders to ensure high levels of protection for human health and the environment. EPA:

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International Agreements and Treaties

EPA works closely with other U.S. agencies, foreign governments, and international organizations to develop and strengthen international standards and approaches to the sound management of pesticides. Quite a few international agreements have been developed on different aspects of pesticides to strengthen protections across the globe. Read more about international agreements and treaties.

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International Work Sharing, Harmonization, and Technical Assistance

EPA works with other countries and international organizations to promote shared scientific and technical expertise, lessen the resource burden on governments and the regulatory community, and maintain high standards for the protection of human health and the environment.

While EPA's focus is on domestic issues, environmental protection must be increasingly global to be most effective. Pollution and chemical risks do not respect international borders. Developing countries are increasingly interested in strengthening their capabilities to address pesticide problems. In keeping with that country's own conditions and capabilities, EPA helps other countries improve their capacity to make decisions on:

In addition to the benefits of such information sharing and technical assistance realized by the other country, there are also direct benefits to the U.S. For example, EPA provides extensive information on U.S. pesticide regulatory actions as well as the U.S. standards for pesticide residues (tolerances or Maximum Residue Limits) to countries that export food to the United States. The benefits of such information sharing and technical assistance include:

Read more about international work sharing, harmonization, and technical assistance.

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Import and Export Trade Requirements

EPA is committed to assisting growers, importers, and exporters to comply with pesticide regulatory trade requirements to minimize trade barriers and facilitate fair competition while maintaining strict safety standards. Read about EPA's import and export trade requirements.

In addition, in an effort to help stakeholders understand and respond to government requirements of foreign markets, EPA participates in activities relating to two World Trade Organization (WTO) committees. The WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee reviews trade issues related to food safety (including establishment of Maximum Residue Limits for pesticide residues in food. The WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee focuses on other technical requirements and standards that may affect trade, which may include some conditions of pesticide registration. More information on the WTO agreements and current trade issues is available at the WTO Web site. Exit EPA disclaimer


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