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Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive

The Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD) establishes a framework for European Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides by setting minimum rules to reduce the risks to human health and the environment that are associated with pesticide use. It also promotes the use of integrated pest management. The Directive is designed to further enhance the high level of protection achieved through the entire regulatory system for pesticides.

Implementation of the SUD relies heavily on the training of the various people involved at all levels of the industry, including Pesticide Advisors, Pesticide Distributors, Professional Users/Sprayer Operators, and Inspectors of Pesticide Application Equipment. A programme to test all pesticide application equipment is also being put in place.