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Advisory Committee on Pesticides

Secretariat: Chemicals Regulation Directorate
Health & Safety Executive
Mallard House
Kings Pool
3 Peasholme Green

Tel: 01904 455702 (Direct Line)
Tel: 01904 640500 (Switchboard)
Fax: 01904 455722

Email: acp@hse.gsi.gov.uk
Web: http://www.pesticides.gov.uk/guidance/industries/pesticides/advisory-groups/acp

The role of the Committee is set by the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 (FEPA), which provides that the Committee shall be consulted:

  1. as to regulations which Ministers contemplate making;
  2. as to approvals which Ministers contemplate giving, revoking or suspending; and
  3. as to conditions to which Ministers contemplate making approvals subject.

FEPA also provides that the Committee should advise on matters relating to the control of pests in furthering the general purposes of the Act itself. These general purposes include the continuous developments of means to protect the health of humans, creatures and plants, safeguarding the environment, securing safe, efficient and humane methods of controlling pests and making information about pesticides available to the public.

The Committee deals directly with the key issues on pesticide approvals and other major regulatory matters and sets a framework for the Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to work within when dealing with the remainder. The Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) therefore considers the first commercial level approval of active ingredients new to the UK. It also considers reviews of active ingredients and any applications that appear to raise new or additional safety concerns or general issues.

The ACP does not have the final say. Ministers take decisions but the ACP’s expert advice to them is extremely important. As with any other aspect of food safety, Government policy is that decisions on pesticides must be based on sound science. The ACP is the key adviser to Ministers on scientific aspects of the regulation of pesticides.

More information on the ACP is available in the booklet ‘A Guide to Pesticide Regulation in the UK and the Role of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP)’ which is available from the ACP Secretariat and on the ACP website at:

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