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Development and improvement of methods for the Wildlife Investigation Scheme (prev. PN0901) - PR1136

The objective of this project is to provide methods as required by the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) for the analysis of pesticide residues in animal tissues, honeybees and other types of sample. The methods are designed to extend the range of compounds covered by the Scheme as required, to improve certainty of identification and to use a multi-residue approach with modern methods to improve the efficiency of the Scheme.

The WIIS is a post-registration scheme to monitor wildlife deaths apparently caused by the use of pesticides. 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 picks up cases of misuse or deliberate abuse of pesticides and provides evidence to 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 MAFF which is the government department responsible for pesticide safety in England. The results of the method development and improvement project will be transferred to the WIIS, initially as draft Standard Operating Procedures. Methods that are sufficiently novel will, with the permission of MAFF or its agencies, be published in the scientific literature.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Development and improvement of methods for the Wildlife Investigation Scheme (prev. PN0901)   (20k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1997

To: 2001

Cost: £292,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Pest and Weed Control              
Pesticide use              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Pesticide Safety