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Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Highly Hazardous Pesticides

Thematic training within the International Capacity Development Programme – Developing Strategies for National Chemicals Management 12-16 November 2018 Arusha, Tanzania.

About the thematic training

The thematic training is financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and organized by the Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemikalieinspektionen) as part of the on-going support for capacity development on preventive chemicals control in participating countries.

This training provides participants with an understanding of the basic principles of risk assessment and risk management of pesticides as well as basic skills to perform such assessments. The emphasis is on highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) and on the use of peer reviewed and accessible information for the assessment and management of such pesticides nationally.

The training is aimed primarily at pesticide regulators, inspectors, public health pest control managers and others working in the field of pesticide/chemicals management. The training also seeks to establish and promote existing networks of experts which can further share their knowledge with other relevant colleagues (train the trainers).

Programme structure

Preparatory phase (before the training)

Each participant should have started to develop a shortlist for pesticides registered in the country which fulfil the criteria as highly hazardous according to the FAO/WHO International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management. 

Guidance will be provided electronically by the organizer as support for the identification of the HHPs and the structuring of the shortlist.

Training phase (5 days)

The training consists of five days with a combination of lectures, demonstrations and exercises with mentor support.

Follow up period (4 weeks after the training)

Each participant is expected to develop a strategy for the phase out of the most highly hazardous pesticides and a plan for the trainings of other staff members within their own organization.

Course content

The keytopics are:

  • Key principles and criteria for highly hazardous pesticides.
  • Country experiences of work on shortlists of highly hazardous pesticides.
  • Risk assessment in theory and in practice:
    - health effects
    - environmental effects
    - exposure scenarios.
  • Risk management.
  • Decision making.
  • Sustainable use of pesticides and proposal for alternative products and/or methods based on country experience.

Admission requirements

Prioritized countries for the training are Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Candidates from Member states of the Southern African Development Community or partner states of the East African Community may also be considered. Candidates should have a university degree in technical or natural sciences, agriculture or other relevant university educations. The training will be organized in English without any translation. Basic computer skills and a personal email address are necessary for the training.

The training is available both to alumni of the International Training Programme (ITP) in Chemicals Management, current participants and to those which have not attended the ITP.

International travel to Tanzania, board and lodging, programme fee and literature are covered by Sida. The participants or their organization need to cover costs for other personal expenses, domestic travel, visa fees, local airport taxes and departure fees. The participants are responsible for obtaining all the necessary visas and for passport validity.

Participants are covered by a Swedish group insurance for emergency medical care in case of acute illness or accidents during the training. Participants from the country in which the training is being held are not covered.

Selection Process and Further information

The candidates need to apply on-line via the website no later than 1 October.

A maximum of 25 candidates will be accepted for the training. Selected candidates will be notified no later than 8 October via email which will also include information about the practical arrangements.

Please apply here.

Further contact:
Tel: +46 8 519 41 100