Policy paper

Pesticides: UK national action plan

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The UK’s National Action Plan establishes a framework for community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides.



The UK’s longstanding and rigorous pesticides regulatory regime and other existing statutory and voluntary controls, incentive schemes and research programmes, mean that it is well placed to prepare a comprehensive and effective National Action Plan (NAP).

The Government has communicated the NAP to the European Commission and other member States.  Using the expertise of the stakeholder Pesticides Forum, the Government will continue to monitor the health, social, economic and environmental impact of the measures detailed in this Plan and where necessary update it.  NAPs must be formally reviewed every 5 years, although it is recognised that Government and non-Government initiatives may change within this period, and periodic major or minor updating of the Plan may be appropriate to ensure that the Plan forms a ‘living’ document.