Product stewardship

Agcarm and its members are committed to the product stewardship or life-cycle approach to product management.

Product stewardship is the responsible and ethical management of a product from its discovery or development through to its ultimate use and disposal – from ‘cradle to grave’.

Stewardship begins at the research and development phase of a product, going on to distribution and use, through to eventual phase-out and disposal of any waste.

Agcarm members support product stewardship in a range of ways including:

  • The Agrecovery container  recycling programme
  • The Agrecovery chemical disposal scheme
  • Sprayer training courses provided through GROWSAFE
  • The International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides
  • The Agcarm Code of Conduct
  • Creating awareness of and preparing guidance on pollinator safety, the use of seed treatments, wearing appropriate protective equipment when using agrichemicals, as well as storing and packaging crop protection products
  • Resistance management, including antimicrobial resistance and pesticide resistance