WHO establishes and publishes specifications for technical material and related formulations of public health pesticides with the objective that these specifications may be used to provide an international point of reference against which products can be judged either for regulatory purposes or in commercial dealings.
From 2002, the development of WHO specifications has followed a new procedure, described in the Manual for development and use of FAO and WHO specifications for pesticides. This new procedure follows a formal and transparent evaluation process. It describes the minimum data package, the procedure and evaluation applied by WHO and the experts of the "FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Specifications" (JMPS).
WHO specifications for technical material, developed under the new procedure, do not necessarily apply to nominally similar products of other manufacturer(s), nor to those where the active ingredient is produced by other routes of manufacture. WHO is able to extend the scope of the specifications to similar products, but only when JMPS is satisfied that the additional products are equivalent to those which formed the basis of the reference specification.
Contact Person: Mrs. Christina Shen