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Analytical method development in support of WIIS (Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme) - PS2539

The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) is a post-registration monitoring scheme which investigates suspected cases of pesticide poisoning of non-target mammals, birds and honeybees. It forms part of the UK system for assessing the safety of pesticides; its results are reported to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) via its Environmental Panel. The Scheme also investigates cases of misuse or deliberate abuse of pesticides and provides evidence to the courts in prosecution cases. These activities provide information on which the safety of pesticides in use is assessed and assist in the enforcement of UK pesticide legislation. This work is of direct concern to DEFRA which is the Government Department responsible for pesticide safety in England.

To carry out this work, the WIIS needs to be able perform the following in as timely and efficient a manner as possible:·
- detect an appropriately wide range of pesticides (including some not approved for use in the UK)
- detect appropriate levels of residues in a variety of animal tissues and other samples
- identify pesticide residues at these levels with certainty
- understand the significance of residues detected in poisoning victims

The objective of this project is to provide improvements to the methods required by WIIS for the analysis of pesticide residues in animal tissues, honeybees and other types of sample. The improved methods that will be investigated in this project are designed to extend the range of compounds covered by the Scheme as required, to improve certainty of identification and to improve the capability to rapidly investigate poisoning cases.
Objective 1
Development of methods for pesticides and metabolites not currently covered by WIIS

Objective 2
Evaluation of applicability of novel techniques for WIIS

Objective 3
Development of rapid tests for use in the field or laboratory

Objective 4
Improvements to existing WIIS analysis methods
Project Documents
• Final Report : Analytical Method Development in Support of the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme   (606k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2010

Cost: £214,457
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Analytical Chemistry              
Animal Health              
Bee Health              
Environmental monitoring              
Environmental Protection              
Mass Spectrometry              
Method Development              
Nature conservation              
Pesticide Residues              
Pesticide use              
Sustainable Production              
Wildlife conservation              
Fields of Study
Pesticide Safety