While international norms and standards have been laid down in various treaties, conventions and guidelines, national governments need to adjust their laws and regulations accordingly to make them more uniform and mutually compatible. This would improve trade and provide better protection for the population and the environment against poor quality and highly hazardous pesticides.
To assist countries in the Asia-Pacific region in these efforts, FAO implemented from 2009 to 2011 a project titled Assisting countries in Southeast Asia towards achieving pesticide regulatory harmonization under its Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP). Seven countries participated in this project, and they agreed on five regional guidelines for harmonizing various aspects of pesticide management that established common standards for registration requirements and practices.
This project aimed at assisting countries in Southeast Asia towards achieving pesticide regulatory harmonization in the pesticide regulatory process in line with the provisions of the Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides.