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 in place.

SUD Public Consultation - 2021

The EU Commission has launched an online public consulation on the Sustainable Use Directive. Stakeholders are invited to express their views on possible ways to make the Directive work more efficiently or better achieve its objectives. You can contribute up until 12th April 2021 by using the following link: SUD EU Public Consultation

Irish National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides - February 2019 (pdf 787Kb)      

Pesticide Advisors

Pesticide Distributors

Professional Users / Sprayer Operators

Amateur Users / Home and Garden

Equipment Inspectors

Integrated Pest Management

Water Protection


Pesticide Statistics

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