Pesticides Safety Directorate

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The Pesticides Safety Directorate was an agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). It was based in York, England, with about 200 scientific, policy and support staff and was responsible for the authorisation of plant protection products and, from 2005, detergents, in the United Kingdom.

In April 2008, it joined the Health and Safety Executive (HSE),[1][2] and in April 2009, became part of a newly formed Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) at the HSE.[3]

Aims of the Pesticides Safety Directorate[edit]

  • To ensure the safe use of pesticides and detergents for people and the environment.
  • To harmonise pesticide regulation within the European Community and provide a level playing field for crop protection.
  • As part of the strategy for sustainable food and farming, to reduce negative impacts of pesticides on the environment.


  1. ^ "Written Ministerial Statements: DEFRA's Central Science Laboratory and Pesticides Safety". Hansard. London: UK Parliament. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) to join The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)". Health and Safety Executive. 27 March 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2009. Defra’s consultation on the future of the Pesticides Safety Directorate is now complete. PSD will become an agency of the Health and Safety Executive from 1 April 2008 . Defra Ministers remain responsible for pesticides policy. 
  3. ^ "Corporate Information » Website Purpose". Health and Safety Executive. Retrieved 26 December 2009. ... Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) which is now part of the newly formed Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) (as of 1st April 2009) 

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