PP 3/10 (3)
EPPO Standards are approved by EPPO Council. The date of approval appears in each individual standard.
EPPO Standards are subject to periodic review and amendment. The next review date for this set of EPPO Standards is decided by the EPPO Working Party on Plant Protection Products.
Amendments will be issued as necessary, numbered and dated. The dates of amendment appear in each individual standard (as appropriate).
The EPPO Standards making up the EPPO/Council of Europe decision-making scheme for the environmental risk assessment of plant protection products are distributed by the EPPO Secretariat to all EPPO member governments. Copies are available to any interested person under particular conditions upon request to the EPPO Secretariat.
The EPPO Standards making up the EPPO/Council of Europe decision-making scheme for the environmental risk assessment of plant protection products are intended to be used by National Plant Protection Organizations in their capacity as bodies responsible for the registration of plant protection products, including an evaluation of the environmental risks arising from their use. They are also intended for use by the agrochemical companies who apply for registration of their products.
Outline of requirements
The decision-making scheme for the environmental risk assessment of plant protection products was developed by a joint Panel of EPPO and the Council of Europe and provides guidelines on how to assess the potential impact of a particular plant protection product on various elements of the environment, each element being presented as a separate standard. The assessment scheme is for use by agrochemical companies and by regulatory authorities, and aims to:
- 1 Guide assessors on the questions that should be addressed, and the data that may need to be requested from registrants;
- 2 Provide information on the test methods and approaches that are suitable in each case;
- 3 Indicate how the data should be interpreted in a consistent manner, involving expert judgement where appropriate;
- 4 Produce a reliable assessment of environmental risk, as a suitable aid to risk management (though the assessment scheme will not provide all the information needed for decisions on the acceptability of plant protection products).
The Standards in the scheme provide a set of flexible procedures that can be adapted for use in various ways according to the priorities in different countries, yet retain the consistency of a common framework. They are not based on a series of fixed, automatic ‘triggers’ for testing requirements, but are able to take full account of the particular features of each plant protection product, and to make use of expert judgement when necessary.
Existing EPPO Standards in this series
The first 11 Standards in the scheme were originally published in Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin in 1993/1994:
OEPP/EPPO (1993) Decision-making scheme for the environmental risk assessment of plant protection products. Chapters 1–6, 8 & 10. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin23, 1–165.
OEPP/EPPO (1994) Decision-making scheme for the environmental risk assessment of plant protection products. Chapters 7, 9 & 11. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin24, 1–87.
Over the period from 1994 to the present day, these texts were first reformatted as EPPO Standards, to constitute Series PP 3. All the Standards were then updated to take account of new developments, and two additional Standards were approved. Chapters 7 and 8 were combined. The present set is the first of several, published in Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin, which will together include all the new and revised Standards of this series. Although the original set of Standards was published bilingually in English and French, the present set is now published only in English. The new French versions of these Standards will be published at a later date. The corresponding old English and French versions of the Standards in this set are withdrawn.