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Chemistry and the Environment Division (VI)


Number: 2002-046-1-600

Title: Pesticides: Harmonization of data requirements and evaluation. An IUPAC-Korean Society of Pesticide Science (KSPS) Workshop, Seoul, Korea, 13-16 October 2003

Task Group
Yong-Hwa Kim

Members: Ken Racke, Graham Roberts, Alan Browning, Byung-Youl Oh, Jon-Se Park, Dae-Whang Kim, Jae-Chul Chun, Suk-Hun Kyung, Byung-Hoon Song, and Woon-Hong Choi

Completion Date: 2003 - porject completed

This workshop will be an important way to encourage exchange of the latest information regarding harmonized approaches for scientific and regulatory evaluation of pesticides including environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, and risk assessment. Of particular emphasis will be ensuring that conclusions and recommendations from recently completed and ongoing projects of the IUPAC Chemistry and the Environment Division dealing with evaluation of technical product impurities, chronic dietary exposure, acute dietary exposure, and transgenic crops are widely communicated in a region in which pesticide regulations are at an early state of development. This is an opportunity for IUPAC to partner with national and regional research scientists, regulatory authorities, and industry in a major technology exchange event that translates IUPAC recommendations from the pages of Pure and Applied Chemistry to practical reality and application.

The theme of the workshop is "Harmonization of Data Requirements and Evaluation". The IUPAC Advisory Committee on Crop Protection Chemistry seeks to advance research understanding and promote environmental stewardship and human safety with agrochemicals through its projects, publications, and technology exchange events (congresses, workshops). The workshop, planned for 2 days, will include both keynote lectures, discussions, and poster presentations. Contributions will be organized into 3 main divisions, with planned topics for each listed below:

  1. Pesticide Regulation and Standard Establishment
  2. Residue Analysis and Monitoring
  3. Risk Assessment and Management

The workshop will be centrally located at a hotel/conference center in Seoul, Korea. A total of 25-30 speakers/discussion leaders will be involved, with 15 to be IUPAC-affiliated. Attendance is estimated at 300-400, with approximately one-third from countries outside Korea.
> Announcement - Chem. Int. 25(2), 2003

More than 300 scientists, government regulators, and industry leaders representing 28 countries gathered in Seoul, Korea during October 13 to 15 to participate in the IUPAC-KSPS International Workshop on Pesticides 2003. Participants in the 3-day workshop had the opportunity to attend 33 invited lectures and view approximately 100 posters. Main program topics included "Pesticide Regulatory Harmonization", "Residue Behavior and Fate", and "Risk Assessment and Management". In addition to many fine scientific presentations from regional experts, the program included 12 IUPAC lecturers from the IUPAC SubCommittee on Crop Protection Chemistry who highlighted the findings and recommendations of a number of recently concluded and ongoing IUPAC projects. Lecturers from other international organizations represented OECD, FAO, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Codex. A final workshop discussion session highlighted a series of overall observations and future considerations, and these are listed below:

  • First, the high quality research and monitoring activities occurring within Korea and the surrounding countries were highlighted.
  • Second, the highly valuable and applicable nature of international approaches and standards was emphasized.
  • Third, issues pertaining to pesticide residues and maximum residue limits (MRLs) were very much highlighted.
  • Fourth, the highly valuable nature of cooperative approaches to research and regulation was evident from some key examples.
  • Fifth, the meeting opened with and returned several times to the issue of transparency and risk communication regarding pesticide evaluation and risk management.

Regarding communication of IUPAC-KSPS workshop outcomes, a book of proceedings containing contributed papers was distributed to all participants. Slide presentations from the presented lectures are also being made available via CD-ROM. Finally, some popular and trade publications are also in the process of making simplified summaries of key workshop presentations available on a broader scale. Members of IUPAC who participated in the workshop will be continuing to cultivate contacts established during the meeting, and ideas for several new project areas are under investigation as potential new IUPAC project

Project completed
see workshop report published in Chem. Int. Jan 2004

Last update: 7 November 2003


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