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Member Organisations


The Amateur Sector

is represented by a staff member of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) 

Agricultural Industries Confederation

Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC):

An organisation representing agrochemicals distributors.

The Amenity Forum

The Amenity Forum:

A representative body for the amenity and industrial areas.

BASIS (Registration) Ltd

BASIS (Registration) Ltd:

An independent organisation establishing and assessing standards in the pesticide industry relating to storage, transport and competence of staff.

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British Retail Consortium (BRC):

The BRC represents a wide range of retailers; from large multiples through to independent stores; from town centres to rural locations, and virtual stores.


City and Guilds:

A leading skills development organisation, providing services to training providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today’s workplace.

Crop Protection Association (CPA):

Representing members active in crop protection, amenity, home and garden with a strong focus on food production.

Environment Agency

Environment Agency (EA):

Principal aims are to protect and improve the environment and to promote sustainable development. It provides advice on pesticide pollution.

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Farmer's Union of Wales (FUW):

Protects and advances the interests of those who derive an income from Welsh agriculture.



International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA):

A trade association representing the manufacturers of Biocontrol solutions. Providing farmers with the best tools to effectively manage pests and diseases now and in the future.


The James Hutton Institute:

A research organisation delivering fundamental and applied science to drive the sustainable use of land and natural resources. The Institute is one of the Scottish Government’s main research providers in environmental, crop and food science and has a major role in the Scottish knowledge economy.

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Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF):

Promotes environmentally responsible farming. Helping farmers to produce good food, with care and to high environmental standards.

National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC):

Represents contractors in the UK who supply all types of land-based services to farmers, government, local authorities, sports and recreational facilities. Committed to representing the interests of contractors at national and European level.

National Farmers Union

National Farmers' Union (NFU):

The National Farmers' Union represents the farmers and growers of England and Wales.

National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS)

National Farmers' Union Scotland (NFUS):

Promotes and protects the interests of the Scottish farming industry, influence government, the public and consumers to that end, and assist its members to meet the needs of customers.

Natural England

Natural England (NE):

is here to conserve and enhance the natural environment, for its intrinsic value, the wellbeing and enjoyment of people and the economic prosperity that it brings.


The Organic Sector

is represented by a member of the Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G)


Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU):

The UFU takes a close interest in rural affairs and services, and works with politicians both in the U.K. and Internationally, and other groups and organisations to advance rural interests. It has particularly close links with consumer groups, countryside and wildlife bodies, animals welfare organisations and academics.


Unite the Union

Unite is the largest trade union in Britain & Ireland with 1.5 million members.


The Voluntary Initiative (VI)

An industry-led organisation that develops and manages a programme of measures to reduce the environmental impact from the use of pesticides.

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Water UK

A membership organisation which represents all major statutory water and wastewater service providers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra):

Working for the essentials of life: - water, food, air, land, people, animals and plants.

The Scottish Government

The Scottish Government (SG):

Funding a wide range of agricultural, biological and environmental research.


The Welsh Government (WG):

The devolved government for Wales. Responsible for many issues, including health, education, economic development, culture, the environment and transport.

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Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA): 

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has responsibility for food, farming, environmental, fisheries, forestry and sustainability policy and the development of the rural sector in Northern Ireland.

Bringing together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. 

Health and Safety Executive (HSE): Advice on all aspects of health and safety issues.

Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD): a Division of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Links to Other Organisations with an Interest in the Use and Impact of Pesticides

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Is the UK’s largest independent provider of environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice.

Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA):

The Association was established in 1875 to promote the technical, trade and commercial interests of British manufacturers and suppliers of agricultural machinery. It has championed the cause of manufacturers of agricultural machinery and more recently outdoor power equipment. Today its members cover a broad spectrum of manufacturers of land based equipment including those used in application of pesticides.

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)

The only UK charity using science to promote game and wildlife management as an essential part of nature conservation.

BCPC (formerly known as the British Crop Protection Council): 

Brings together as Corporate Members representatives of a wide range of organisations with an interest in furthering the science and practice of crop production. Between them they cover research, the agrochemical industry, the services, contractors, distributors, education, agricultural engineering, plant breeding/biotechnology, overseas development, government and regulatory concerns.


Fera (formerly the Food and Environment Research Agency):

Provides robust evidence, rigorous analysis and expert professional advice to government, international organisations and industry, in order to support and develop a sustainable and secure food chain, a healthy natural environment.

Food Standards Agency

Food Standards Agency (FSA):

An independent Government department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.

Friends of the Earth (FOE):

Making life better for people by inspiring solutions to environmental problems.


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Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB):

An evidence-based organisation with the duty to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of various agriculture and horticulture sectors in parts of the UK representing about 75% of total UK agricultural output. 

AHDB Cereals (previously Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA)): Supports the UK cereal and oilseeds industry in improving its competitiveness in UK and overseas markets in a sustainable manner.

AHDB Horticulture (previously Horticultural Development Company (HDC)): A levy funded body serving the commercial horticultural industry in England, Scotland and Wales and funding high quality, essential applied research, development and technology transfer.

AHDB Potatoes (previously Potato Council): A division of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, and committed to supporting the British potato industry.

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Defra Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF):

An independent Committee that advises the Government on a nationwide programme of pesticide residues, surveillance in food and drink. 

Assured Food Standards Scheme / Red Tractor:

Addressing the concerns and needs of consumers, retailers, processors and growers for safe food of good quality at affordable prices. Also offers advice on promoting the safe and environment friendly production of fruit, salads, herbs and vegetables.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB):

Working for the conservation of wild birds in many different ways.


Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH):

Advice on wildlife and countryside matters in Scotland.

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The largest farming group in the UK. Committed to farming in a sustainable and responsible way.


Country Land and Business Association (CLA):

The membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.



The UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP):

The ECP was established to provide independent scientific advice on matters relating to the effective control of pests, including advice on approval and authorisation of pesticides. Its work takes account of the general purposes of Part III of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 (FEPA), Section 16(1). The ECP provides advice and recommendations to Ministers on any matter within its remit.


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