Food safety

Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR)

JMPR 50th Anniversary

The Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) is an international expert scientific group that is administered jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). JMPR, which consists of the FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment and the WHO Core Assessment Group, has been meeting regularly since 1963.

During the Meetings, the FAO Panel of Experts is responsible for reviewing residue and analytical aspects of the pesticides under consideration, including data on their metabolism, fate in the environment, and use patterns, and for estimating the maximum residue levels that might occur as a result of the use of the pesticides according to good agricultural practices. The WHO Core Assessment Group is responsible for reviewing toxicological and related data and for estimating, where possible, acceptable daily intakes (ADIs) for humans of the pesticides under consideration.

Sites related to JMPR

  • Guidance on setting of acute reference dose (ARfD) for pesticides
  • Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
    The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives is the related expert committee for evaluating food additives. Its work now also includes the evaluation of contaminants, naturally occurring toxicants and residues of veterinary drugs in food and estimating, where possible, acceptable daily intakes (ADIs) for humans.
  • Codex Alimentarius
    The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this Programme are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Codex standards are based on scientific advice as provided by JECFA and JMPR.
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