Access to Information on Pesticides
The UK has left the EU, new rules from January 2021
The transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) give you the right to request information held by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) including the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD).
Access to personal information about you is covered by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).
General Guidance on how HSE deals with requests under the FOIA and the EIR can be found on HSE's Freedom of Information microsite. The site includes details of HSE's guidance to help staff deal with information requests and comply with HSE's legal obligations under the Act and Regulations.
Advice and information on how to make requests under the FOIA and EIR can be found on the Information Commissioner's website.
Contact details for how to obtain information on pesticides and detergents can be found on the Contact page of this website.
Freedom of Information Act Publication Scheme & Guide to Information
All public authorities are required to adopt and maintain a guide to information they hold in line with the model publication scheme recommended by the Information Commissioner's Office. Information held by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) is now included in The HSE's publication scheme arrangements.
The HSE publication scheme can be found on the HSE website. The scheme contains details of 'published information' and 'information released'. The 'published information' is information that HSE routinely makes available and the 'information released' is information of general interest that has been published following a request for it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).
Access to Information on Plant Protection Products
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the pesticides legislation all permit a wide range of information about plant protection products and other pesticides and chemicals to be published or made available by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD). Examples of what can be disclosed are outlined below:
For all plant protection products and biocides first approved or reviewed under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (as amended) (COPR) there are detailed evaluation documents setting out the assessment made by the independent Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP). Evaluation documents also exist for some plant protection products first authorised or reviewed under the Plant Protection Products Regulations 2005.
All evaluation documents are available electronically free of charge. They are also available to the public in hard copy as priced publications.
Data supporting ACP Evaluation Documents
If readers of an ACP evaluation document produced under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (as amended) (COPR) find it insufficient for their purposes they may apply to inspect the data underlying it at the Chemicals Regulation Division's offices in York (for plant protection products) and Bootle (for biocides).
If the request is granted, access will be given for inspection of the study report(s). Access is provided by a reading room facility at York or Bootle. In order to protect the legitimate commercial interests of the data owner(s) note taking is permitted but copying is not allowed and the following categories of information will ordinarily be excluded from the study reports made available for inspection:
- active substance and formulation specification and composition;
- production methods; and
- names and addresses of laboratories, sites and personnel; individual medical details.
Pesticides Monitoring Data
Pesticides in Food
Full results of pesticide residues monitoring in food stuffs within the United Kingdom are published quarterly by the Defra Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF). If you wish to find out how other EU countries monitor their produce please visit the European Commission's website.
Pesticides in Water
For pesticide residues that might occur in water please visit the Drinking Water Inspectorate's Annual Report page on their website.
Information on the use of pesticides in England and Wales is collated by the Pesticide Usage Survey Group, which is based at Defra’s Food and Environment Research Agency. The Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) produce the usage reports for Scotland and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute produce the reports for Northern Ireland.
Human and Wildlife Poisoning
All reports of suspected incidents of human and wildlife poisoning are published on an annual basis. Responsibility for investigating incidents where pesticide use/misuse may have affected a person's health lies with the Pesticide Incident Appraisal Panel which is run by the Health & Safety Executive. Reports are published in the Pesticides Incidents Report.
Wildlife incidents are investigated by Defra's Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS). .
Plant Protection Products Policy and Approval Matters
News of policy and procedural matters regarding plant protection products is available in the form of Regulatory Updates issued by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD). Product authorisations and withdrawals are published on the website in the online Pesticides Register.