Broad-scale field application of vertebrate pesticides in NZ is internationally conspicuous. However the risks of such activities are not taken lightly. Use patterns reflect a balance between managing the severe impacts of invasive species on unique biodiversity and agricultural values, and the adverse effects of management techniques. An ongoing and rigorous regulatory framework governing the use of hazardous substances, including vertebrate pesticides, has recently been upgraded. The multi-tiered system identifies and manages risks from manufacture to disposal. Two central Government bodies are involved in authorising products for sale in NZ. The Environmental Risk Management Authority focuses on environmental risks of all hazardous substances and new organisms. Their risk assessment approach uses recognized (Global Harmonisation) criteria, classifying substances and applying risk management controls. The Agricultural Compounds & Veterinary Medicines group of the NZ Food Safety Authority is focused on food residue risks, export food quality and animal welfare risks. Again the assessment process uses risk classification to trigger management controls.
|Secondary title||2nd National Invsive Rodent Summit|
|Place published||Fort Collins|
|Publisher||National Wildlife Research Centre|