Brazil: Draft legislation on pesticides

In June 2018, a letter was addressed to Brazil (OL BRA 5/2018) concerning the Project of Law (PL), 6.299/2002 which seeks to amend Law No. 7.802 of 11 July 1989, which deals with the research, experimentation, production, packaging and labeling, transportation, storage, commercialization, commercial advertisement, use, import, export, final destination of wastes as well as packaging, registration, classification, control, inspection and inspection of pesticides. The referred amendments threatened to significantly weaken the criteria for approving the experimental and commercial use of pesticides, posing threats to a number of human rights.

Concerns were raised on the proposed institutional framework for pesticide registration, use and commercialization; on the authorization and use of pesticides linked to cancer, birth defects and other adverse health outcomes, in particular for children; on gaps in the proposed regulatory framework for pesticides; on import and export of prohibited or banned pesticides; and other contextual concerns.

The Government response of 28 Aug 2018 is available.