Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations (SHPFs)

Any Party that is a developing country or a country with an economy in transition and that is experiencing problems caused by a severely hazardous pesticides formulation under conditions of use in its territory, may propose to the Secretariat the listing of the severely hazardous pesticide formulation in Annex III.

Pesticides can cause severe health impacts among their users and the wider community or produce severe environmental effects. In addition to the human tragedy that can result, there are significant economic implications resulting from loss of labour and the cost of treatment.

Developing countries suffer disproportionately from the negative impacts of pesticides. Although they use just 25% of the world’s pesticide production, they suffer the majority of incidents of pesticide poisoning and 99% of pesticide-related deaths.

Article 6 of the Rotterdam Convention provides a route through which information on incidents of pesticide poisoning caused by severely hazardous pesticides formulations (SHPFs) can be shared with other countries, including those likely to experience similar problems. The purpose is to alert countries to potential problems and to submit new proposals for candidate pesticide formulations causing problems under national conditions of use for inclusion in the PIC list (Annex III of the Convention).

The SHPF programme currently mainly focuses on the reporting of human health incidents. The Secretariat, in partnership with World Health Organization (WHO), Pesticide Action Network (PAN) and local NGOs, offers to Parties the opportunity to receive technical assistance in setting up a monitoring and reporting programme.

An SHPF kit containing information on hazardous pesticide formulations poisonings and guidance on monitoring and reporting them to the Secretariat has also been developed.

The procedures related to making proposals for SHPFs are outlined here.

The SHPFs currently included in Annex III of the Convention and proposals currently under consideration for inclusion in Annex III are available here