About the website

This OECD website is intended to provide a central point where anyone can quickly find information about approaches towards the regulatory compliance and enforcement of pesticides in OECD member and non-member countries. It also provides links to information that countries consider to be relevant and current. Information encompasses laws, policies and guidance, compliance programmes, border-related activities, key issues, best practices and tools and resources, as well as OECD publications in the area of pesticide compliance and enforcement.

The website was created as one of the activities of the OECD Network of Officials for Pesticide Compliance and Enforcement (NOPCE), and is kept up-to-date by NOPCE.


The Network of Officials for Pesticide Compliance and Enforcement (NOPCE) is a network of pesticide regulators from OECD and non-OECD countries. The objective is to engage efficiently in pesticide compliance and enforcement issues by:

  • sharing information;
  • raising awareness of the importance of pesticide compliance and enforcement (C&E) issues;
  • building and strengthening capacity for C&E;
  • promoting enforcement cooperation between countries; and
  • engaging in collaborative working partnerships among pesticide regulatory authorities responsible for C&E within and outside the OECD.

NOPCE was set up in February 2012. Currently 12 countries and the European Commission participate in its activities. 

OECD Publications

OECD Guidance on Pesticide Compliance and Enforcement Best Practices has recently been developed. Further information can be found under the “best practices” tab. Best Practice Guidance

The Report of the OECD Pesticide Risk Reduction Steering Group Workshop "Pesticide User Compliance"
(Series on Pesticides No. 37; ENV/JM/MONO(2007)9) presents the results of an OECD workshop (June 2006) that looked at the issues and impediments to compliance associated with pesticide use. Specific aims of the workshop included: identifying the most common types of non-compliance that occur and developing effective approaches to manage risks; developing ways to enhance knowledge and understanding amongst pesticide users; proposals for modifications to regulatory processes to avoid unrealistic or very difficult approval conditions; developing measures for the effectiveness of compliance programmes in achieving risk reduction objectives; and identifying areas for potential harmonisation or international collaboration. Recommendations from the workshop contributed to the creation of the NOPCE.

More on the OECD Pesticide Programme
Further information on other pesticides activities can be found on the OECD public website.