Product stewardship

Product Stewardship Policy

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a key pillar of Sustainable Agriculture (source ECPA)

Certis Europe has adopted the principle of a life cycle management of its products from their discovery and development to their use and final disposal or phase-out. This so called Product Stewardship Policy is based on the International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and use of Pesticides (Food and Agricultural Organization 2002). The overall aim of Product Stewardship is to ensure that crop protection products are used in a sustainable way to maximize the benefits and to minimize the risks associated with the use of the products in the best interest of all direct stake holders and the wider society.

To achieve this Certis actively

  • promotes the safe use of our products by education, guidance and training to customers, contract applicators and farmers;

  • invests in the development of new products, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and in the development of improved application and risk mitigation techniques;

  • cooperates with various parties and stake holders in (inter-) national working groups to invest in and promote Best Practice Management of Plant Protection Products.

Certis has implemented Product Stewardship responsibilities in key role profiles on corporate and national management level. For further information about specific Stewardship programmes, please follow the links below.

Interesting links

  • Be CIPC Compliant: www.cipccompliant.co.uk
    Provides up to date technical guidance and Best Management Practices for the application of chlorpropham products (CIPC) in potato stores with focus on the UK market.

  • ECPA (European Crop Protection Association): http://www.ecpa.eu
    Gives information, background and industry commitment/position on key subjects related with Plant Protection Products in Europe.

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): www.ecpa.eu/reports_infographics/integrated-pest-management-ipm
    Leaflet on keys aspects of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) that can be downloaded.

  • Crop Life International: www.croplife.org
    Provides tools and information from the Global Crop Protection Industry on Stewardship and Best Management Practices for handling of Plant Protection Products.

  • TOPPS water protection: www.topps-life.org
    Extensive information on the TOPPS project to train farmers to prevent surface water contamination by the use Plant Protection Products.
Field demonstration (source Certis)
Technical presentation (source Certis)
 

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