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Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products

This Code of Practice is for all professional users of plant protection products in England and Wales in respect of Part III of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 (FEPA) and the regulations controlling pesticides, particularly plant protection products (PPPs), under that part of the Act.

The Code's statutory basis means that it can be used in evidence if people are taken to Court for offences involving PPPs.

Guidance on the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012

Information about guidance affecting those using plant protection products is available on the Codes of Practice Home Page.

Availability of the code

Copies of the code of Practice can be downloaded using the links further down this page.

Erratum Page 56 - Amendment to Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products

Paragraph 3.7.4 amended:

The code of practice for using plant protection products was published by Defra in February 2006. Unfortunately, after publication, HSE discovered an error in paragraph 3.7.4 on public access and rights of way. The mistake was in the reference to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, specifically the possibility of temporary closure of rights of way during 'prescribed dangerous works' not yet being implemented.

Paragraph 3.7.4 has been amended in the PDF version below .

The Code of Practice download

Complete Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products

Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products (pdf, 168 pages)

In sections

Contents and Official Status (pdf, 15 pages)

Section 1: Introduction (pdf, 4 pages)

Section 2: Training and certification (pdf, 8 pages)

Section 3: Planning and preparation (pdf, 44 pages)

Section 4: Working with pesticides (pdf, 23 pages)

Section 5: Disposing of pesticide waste (pdf, 8 pages)

Section 6: Keeping records (pdf, 8 pages)

Annexes and End (pdf, 58 pages)

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Updated 2021-03-11