WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES)

Partnership - GCDPP

Global Collaboration for Development of Pesticides for Public Health (GCDPP)

To strengthen WHOPES activities, to facilitate the search for alternative safe and more cost-effective pesticides and application methodologies, and to further promote the safe and proper use of pesticides and application equipment, WHOPES established the Global Collaboration for Development of Pesticides for Public Health (GCDPP).

This collaboration provides a forum for exchange of information and ideas on issues related to the development and use of pesticides and pesticide application equipment within the context of WHO's global disease control strategies, and serves an advisory and resource-mobilizing role to WHOPES.

Specific objectives of GCDPP

  • to advise on issues related to the development and use of pesticides and pesticide application equipment, within the context of WHO's global disease control strategies.
  • to advise on the relative priority of activities within the mandate of the GCDPP.
  • to promote harmonization of activities related to pesticide development and safe use.
  • to promote the highest quality of work through appropriate resource mobilization.

Membership and meetings of GCDPP

Pesticide and pesticide application equipment manufacturers, national and government-supported agencies, regional and international organizations, universities and research institutions are invited to participate in the GCDPP, bearing in mind the importance of maximizing representation of all interested parties, while ensuring an appropriate balance of the respective fields of expertise needed for the proper functioning of the Group. In addition to the aforesaid participants, distinguished scientists and officers in charge of vector control activities in the WHO regional offices are also invited to attend the meetings of GCDPP.

The GCDPP provides a forum for the exchange of technical information and ideas on programme activities, the proposed WHOPES biennial plan and collaboration with other organizations and institutions.

One regular meeting takes place biennially in Geneva (unless exceptional circumstances necessitate another venue). Informal consultation meetings are also planned. WHOPES provides the secretariat for the GCDPP. In this connection, WHOPES is responsible for organizing the meetings, sending advance copies of agenda, reports and other documentation to the participants for information and comments, channelling information and questions among the participants and generally perform all other secretariat functions required.

Funding of GCDPP

WHO has established a trust fund in which contributions from the participants and other financial support designated for the activities of the GCDPP are deposited. This fund, entitled the "Global Collaboration for Development of Pesticides for Public Health (GCDPP) Trust Fund", is administered in accordance with WHO's financial rules, regulations and practices.

The available funds are used for the convening of meetings, the production and dissemination of related documentation, the general exchange and dissemination of information on the public health needs for pesticides and pesticide application equipment and for activities which promote the development of alternative, safer and more-cost-effective pesticides and application methodologies.

The funds are not used for the evaluation of specific compounds or pesticide application equipment, the costs of which are borne by the individual manufacturers. WHOPES provides periodic reports to the GCDPP, outlining how the trust fund has been used. Activities supported by the trust fund are acknowledged as "funded by the Global Collaboration for Development of Pesticides for Public Health (GCDPP). The current participants of the GCDPP are ...".

To cover the basic operating costs of the GCDPP, each participant is encouraged to make a minimum advance annual contribution to the trust fund. The total amount of the annual contributions should be equivalent to one year's budgeted costs for the GCDPP Trust Fund, including WHO programme support costs

Guidelines for procuring public health pesticides
Ref: WHO/HTM/NTD/WHOPES/2012.4 | French (web only)

Pesticides and their application for the control of vectors and pests of public health importance, Sixth Edition [pdf 608kb]

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