These groups provide advice to the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) (previously PSD) and others, on a range of issues relating to pesticides.
The UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP)
The UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) was established on 27 March 2015 to provide independent scientific advice on matters relating to the effective control of pests, including advice on approval and authorisation of pesticides (full details of the remit can be found under the Terms of Reference).
Previously (up to 26 March 2015) the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) was a statutory body set up by Ministers under section 16(7) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 to advise on all matters relating to the control of pesticides. The ACP was established by the Control of Pesticides (Advisory Committee on Pesticides) Order 1985, SI No 1985/1516.
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Defra Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRIF)
PRiF is a Scientific Advisory Committee that advises Ministers, the Chief Executives of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) on the UK's monitoring programme for pesticide residues in food and drink.
PRiF was established with effect from 1 June 2011, when it replaced the Pesticide Residues Committee (PRC).
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Established in 1996, the Pesticides Forum continues to bring together a range of organisations with an interest in the use of pesticides and their impact on the environment. The Forum's remit is to support Government policy on responsible use, which aims for the reduction of impacts on the environment, whilst providing adequate protection for crops.
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Resistance Action Groups
The Resistance Action Groups are informal, UK-based groups consisting of experts from the Crop Protection Association (CPA) member companies, a range of independent organisations and the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) (previously PSD). The groups are completely independent of CRD and work to produce guidance on pesticide resistance issues. There are four autonomous groups dealing with issues relating to weeds, fungicides, insecticides and rodenticides.
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