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Listing of International Pesticide-Related Activities

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Anti-fouling Systems on Ships


Banned and Severely Stricted Pesticides


Canada-United States Binational Toxics Strategy
China Collaboration
Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
Codex Alimentarius Commission - This international organization establishes internationally agreed upon maximum residue limits on foods.




Exporting registered or unregistered pesticides (FIFRA section 17(a))
- All registered pesticides exported to other countries must bear the product label approved by EPA. Exporters of unregistered pesticides must meet the requirements of FIFRA Section 17(a) related to foreign purchaser acknowledgement statements, export notification and labeling.


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Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) - This statute requires EPA to establish or change tolerances, which are the maximum residue limits of pesticides permitted on foods. Other statutes related to international food trade are noted.
FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues - The joint meeting on pesticide residues is an international panel of experts which evaluates the toxicological data that supports the maximum residue limits established by the Codex.


Gold Seal Letter (Pesticide Product Certificate of U.S. Registration)
Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals


Harmonized Labels for Pesticide Products


Importing pesticides and notification requirements (FIFRA section 17(c)) - All pesticides intended to be used in the US must first be registered with EPA prior to import.
Importing and Exporting Food Containing Pesticide Residues Many federal agencies regulate the imported food and food products, but EPA’s role is limited to the establishment of pesticide tolerances, or maximum residue levels, on food – whether of domestic or foreign origin
Import Tolerance Guidance Document (NAFTA)
International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS)
International Fora and Agreements - EPA works closely with U.S. agencies, foreign countries, and international organizations to develop or strengthen international standards and legal mechanisms related to the sound management of chemicals. Quite a few international agreements have been developed on different aspects of pesticides, including:

International Visitors Program

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Letter to stakeholders about first harmonized label for pesticide product (1 p, 22K, about PDF)


Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer


North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
North American Regional Initiatives on POPs: North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation


Ozone Layer Protection
OECD Pesticide Working Group on Pesticides


POPs Protocol to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution
Pesticide Product Certificate of U.S. Registration (Gold Seal Letter)


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Q Questions & Answers on NAFTA Guidance on Data Requirements for Pesticide Import Tolerances


Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade


Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)


Test Guidelines/Acute Toxicity
Test Guidelines for Data Requirements

Tolerance Information - EPA sets limits on how much of a pesticide residue can remain on food. These pesticide residue limits are known as tolerances. Tolerances are set to protect you from harmful levels of pesticides on your food.


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U.S. National Profile on the Management of Chemicals
United States Own Use Import (OUI) Program - allows U.S. growers access to certain priority pesticides that are substantially similar in formulation and are registered in both Canada and the U.S. (but not jointly). 





Worker Safety and Training in Mexico and Central America





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