Training on Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Highly Hazardous Pesticides

Person spraying pesticides in a plantation.

About the training

The training will provide the participants with an understanding of the steps of the pesticide registration process, 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 also seeks to establish and promote existing networks of experts which can further share their knowledge with other relevant colleagues (train the trainers).

The training is aimed primarily at pesticide registrars and other experts involved in national pesticide registration processes.

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

Programme structure

Preparatory phase (before the training)

Each participant should have familiarized themselves with the structure and content of the FAO pesticide registration toolkit  and the criteria for identifying highly hazardous pesticides according to the FAO/WHO International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management .

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 plan for how the knowledge from the training will be used and shared within their organization.

Course content

Key topics:

  • Framing the issue, pesticide management.
  • How to use the pesticide registration toolkit to access data and assessments of pesticides.
  • Risk assessment in theory and in practice; health effects, environmental effects and exposure scenarios.
  • Risk management.
  • Key principles and criteria for identification of highly hazardous pesticides, including country experiences of work on shortlists of HHP:s.

Admission requirements

The training is open to candidates from the Asia Pacific region. We encourage participation of more than one person per organisation and country.

Candidates should have a university degree in 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. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop.

International travel to Thailand (Bangkok), 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 necessary visas and for passport validity.

Application and selection process

Interested candidates should apply on-line via the website no later than the 14th of February, 2020. 

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A maximum of 25 candidates will be accepted for the training.

Selected candidates will be notified by email no later than the 28th of February 2020. The confirmation will include information about the practical arrangements etc.

Further contact and information

E-mail: helena.casabona@kemi.se jenny.ronngren@kemi.se

Telephone: +46 8 519 41 100