Since 1999, Forum members have worked to a set of objectives that we use to plan our actions for encouraging the responsible use of pesticides. Towards the end of 2007, we updated these to better reflect our role in aiming to develop an agreement among our stakeholders and supporting the UK Pesticides Strategy (and now, the National Action Plan).
- To continue to oversee work under the UK National Action Plan, monitor the effects of policies, laws and other initiatives that affect or are affected by the use of pesticides, and offer advice to Ministers and stakeholders as appropriate.
- To provide a forum for exchanging views, and wherever possible allowing our stakeholders (the people who have an interest in our work) to come to a general agreement.
1. To promote effective ways of helping all those involved in selling, supplying, storing, using and disposing of pesticides and pesticide waste products to use technologies and techniques which:
limit the need to use these products (and the risks that can arise from using them) in a way which is consistent with sustainable production and the control of pests, weeds and diseases; and
share best practice between all farming systems, whether organic systems using pesticides or other control options.
2. To monitor, review and improve the quality and relevance of information available to all those involved in selling, supplying, storing, using and disposing of pesticides and pesticide waste products.
3. To prepare and publish an annual report of our activities and maintain a close working relationship with the Advisory Committee on Pesticides.
4. To consider how to most effectively monitor all impacts arising from the use of pesticides (including using indicators), and communicate these findings to Ministers, our stakeholders and the public.
5. To monitor pesticide-related research and development and aim to inform funding organisations of any significant gaps in the programme.
6. To promote the most effective and practical ways for sharing best practice in technology and research and development, by encouraging discussions between researchers and research funders, and between all those involved in selling, supplying, storing, using and disposing of pesticides.