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Responsibility for Pesticides

Changes due to Brexit

Your health and safety responsibilities will not change when the UK leaves the EU. This guidance is under review.

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HSE's Chemicals Regulation Division is responsible for, amongst other things, the regulation of plant protection products and biocides. That part of the Directorate based in York is responsible for plant protection products used in the following situations:

Further information on the Regulation of pesticides

What About Other Pesticides?

Part of the Chemicals Regulation Division based in Bootle is responsible for biocidal products (ie non-agricultural pesticides). These include ant, fly and wasp killers (insecticides), and rat and mouse killers (rodenticides). They also deal with patio cleaners and masonry and wall washes to remove algae and mould and surface wood treatments (preservatives) and products to control algae and blanket weed.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate(VMD) is responsible for products for use on animals, farm animals, for example sheep dips and pets.

Updated 2019-11-28