Incidents of suspected poisoning of animals by pesticides in Scotland are investigated. The aim of the scheme is to identify any adverse effects on non-target animals that might arise from the approved use of pesticides. If the data gathered by the scheme, and sister schemes throughout the UK, indicate a particular problem, then the registration status of the pesticide concerned is subject to review by the UK regulatory body. The data are also used in the validation and improvement of risk assessments for existing and new compounds.
In cases where there is evidence to indicate either the misuse or the deliberate abuse of pesticides, the results of investigations may also be used in the enforcement of legislation affording protection to animals.
Annual reports on animal poisoning in Scotland from 1999 to date can be downloaded from the Animal Poisoning Reports page.
There is an on-going requirement to develop and refine high quality analytical methodologies to meet demands associated with the introduction of new pesticides, to deal effectively with any concerns relating to existing pesticides, and to make analytical efficiency gains.
Find out more about the analytical techniques currently available.