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

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Start Date: 
01 December 2002
End Date: 
07 November 2003


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 industryleaders representing 28 countries gathered in Seoul, Korea duringOctober 13 to 15 to participate in the IUPAC-KSPS InternationalWorkshop on Pesticides 2003. Participants in the 3-day workshophad the opportunity to attend 33 invited lectures and view approximately100 posters. Main program topics included "Pesticide RegulatoryHarmonization", "Residue Behavior and Fate", and"Risk Assessment and Management". In addition to manyfine scientific presentations from regional experts, the programincluded 12 IUPAC lecturers from the IUPAC SubCommittee on CropProtection Chemistry who highlighted the findings and recommendationsof a number of recently concluded and ongoing IUPAC projects. Lecturersfrom other international organizations represented OECD, FAO, theInternational Atomic Energy Agency, and Codex. A final workshopdiscussion session highlighted a series of overall observationsand future considerations, and these are listed below:

  • First, the high quality research and monitoringactivities occurring within Korea and the surrounding countrieswere highlighted.
  • Second, the highly valuable and applicable natureof international approaches and standards was emphasized.
  • Third, issues pertaining to pesticide residuesand maximum residue limits (MRLs) were very much highlighted.
  • Fourth, the highly valuable nature of cooperativeapproaches to research and regulation was evident from some keyexamples.
  • Fifth, the meeting opened with and returned severaltimes to the issue of transparency and risk communication regardingpesticide evaluation and risk management.

Regarding communication of IUPAC-KSPS workshop outcomes, a bookof proceedings containing contributed papers was distributed toall participants. Slide presentations from the presented lecturesare also being made available via CD-ROM. Finally, some popularand trade publications are also in the process of making simplifiedsummaries of key workshop presentations available on a broader scale.Members of IUPAC who participated in the workshop will be continuingto cultivate contacts established during the meeting, and ideasfor several new project areas are under investigation as potentialnew IUPAC project

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