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Annual Report 2015


'Pesticides in the UK: The 2015 report on the impacts and sustainable use of pesticides' is available to download as an interactive PDF  (4.1MB file, 49 pages). The report combines the Forum’s annual and indicators reports. It outlines progress made with activities promoting the sustainable use of pesticides, and identifies issues needing further monitoring or work.

This report also gives an overview of the range of subjects covered by the work of the Pesticides Forum in 2015. Its structure reflects the format of the EU Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides (2009/128/EC).

The information and data presented in this report indicate that, overall, pesticides are being used in a more sustainable fashion than in the past. Improvements are continually being made to the arrangements for training pesticide users and distributors, more awarding bodies are receiving recognition and their training syllabuses include an increased emphasis on the need to use a range of techniques for controlling pests, weeds and diseases. Pesticide users, distributors and advisors are engaging with continuing professional development (CPD) training programmes in increasing numbers and a significant proportion of application equipment continues to be tested on an annual basis.

There has been a significant increase in the number of users obtaining recognised specified certificates, whether via the grandfather conversion course or undertaking the full training suite. There is a continuing need to reduce the number of waterbodies that are at risk of failing to meet the requirements of water quality legislation due to pesticides. It should be noted that the levels that have been found are not expected to pose any unacceptable risk to human health or the wider wellbeing of the environment, although some pollution incidents can cause significant localised and often short-term impacts.

The data and information suggest that pesticide use could be having an indirect impact on biodiversity. However, the extent of this impact and the way pesticide use interacts with other land-management practices in affecting biodiversity is not clear. We would welcome monitoring and research to provide further evidence/information in this area. 

A great amount of progress has been made in improving practice in the non-agricultural sectors and certainly in amenity, although further work is still to be done.

A combination of initiatives developed and led by Government, industry and others, sometimes working in conjunction with each other, continues to ensure that the UK's range of controls is effective and is ensuring that pesticides are being used in a more sustainable fashion.

This report is relevant to anyone with an interest in both the impacts and sustainable use of plant protection products.

You will need Adobe pdf reader to view this PDF report. Click here if you need to install Adobe Reader.

The report is published in electronic format only, though it is of sufficient quality for you to print out a copy if you so wish.


Additional Resources: Charts and data presentation

Pesticides Forum Annual Report 2014 - Original Images and Graphics  

PFAR 2015 presentation cover


This presentation (a 4.5MB PowerPoint file, which may take a while to open) contains data, charts and graphics used in the Pesticides Forum's annual report 2015. It supplies all the key information in one easily accessible place.

Please cite the Pesticides Forum if you make use of this resource.


Past Annual Reports (1996-2014) and raw data presentations 

Each Annual Report records the various activities undertaken by members and summarise topics the Forum considered during the year. They also include a full update of indicators adopted by the Forum to reflect the progress made in encouraging farmers and growers to minimise their use of pesticides.

In the years between 2004 and 2007, a separate Indicators Report was produced.