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UK Indicators of Sustainable Pesticide Use - HRIs

Introduction

This page (and the indicators linked below) has been produced to fulfil the UK’s obligations under Article 15(2) and (3) of Directive 2009/128/EC establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides and Commission Directive 2019/782 on the establishment of harmonised risk indicators (HRIs). 

It has been posted on the website of the Pesticides Forum to sit alongside the current suite of indicators used by the Government to assess the sustainability of pesticide use. 

The Harmonised Risk indicators

There are two EU HRIs which each Member State must calculate for their territory: 

  • HRI1 is based on statistics on the quantity of active substances placed on the market. Active substances are grouped as follows:

- Group 1 are low risk substances (approved under Article 22 of Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009). Active substances in this group are then further sub-divided into micro-organisms (Group A) and chemical active substances (Group B);

- Group 2 are active substances approved without any special categorisation under Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009. Active substances in this group are then further sub-divided into micro-organisms (Group C) and chemical active substances (Group D); 

- Group 3 are active substances approved under Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009 and identified as being candidates for substitution. Active substances in this group are then further sub-divided into micro-organisms (Group E) and chemical active substances (Group F); 

- Group 4 are active substances that are not approved under Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009. There is no further sub-division of this Group. 

The indicator is derived by multiplying sales of these active substances by a factor of: 1 in the case of Group 1; 8 in the case of Group 2; 16 in the case of Group 3; and 64 in the case of Group 4 to determine ‘hazard units’. The average hazard units for the period 2011-13 are then converted to a baseline index (100) and indices for subsequent years derived from relevant sales data and categorisation of products. 

  • HRI2 is based on statistics related to the number of emergency authorisations for pesticide products granted under Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009. The Groupings, sub-divisions, multiplying factors and methods of determining the indices are as described in the bullet above.

UK HRIs

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Health and Safety Executive

November 2019