The Effect of European Union Pesticide Legislation in Ireland
The Pesticide Control Service (PCS) of the Department of Agriculture and Food is responsible for developing and implementing the regulatory systems in Ireland for plant protection products (PPPs) and biocidal products (BPs). It also implements regulations controlling pesticide residues in food.
Plant protection products may be herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, nematicides, molluscicides, growth regulators, etc. intended for use in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, home gardens, and amenity areas, on stored plant products and on land not intended for cropping. Biocidal products are substances intended to destroy, deter, render harmless, prevent the action of, or otherwise exert a controlling effect on any harmful organism by chemical or biological means. There are 23 different biocidal product types, including wood preservatives, antifouling paints, rodenticides, disinfectants, and public health insecticides.
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