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European Pesticide Hazard Information and Decision support system

The European Pesticide Hazard Information and Decision support system (EUPHIDS) has been developed with support from the Community's specific RTD programme in the field of the Environment (1990-1994).

The EUPHIDS decision support system provides a support tool for the evaluat...
The European Pesticide Hazard Information and Decision support system (EUPHIDS) has been developed with support from the Community's specific RTD programme in the field of the Environment (1990-1994).

The EUPHIDS decision support system provides a support tool for the evaluation of environmental and health effects of pesticides for agricultural use. Regional environmental and human health effects of pesticides are calculated at different administrative levels (Europe, national and regional). The user may identify sensitive areas, as well as localize these areas by means of maps. The system is meant to become an aid in the process of registering a pesticide in the European Union.

EUPHIDS integrates knowledge and information from various disciplines involved in pesticide risk assessment and evaluation in a user-friendly computer environment. A number of prediction models are included for such phenomena as leaching, run-off, spray-drift, exposure of operators during application, and exposure of the general population through diet. The models have been applied in such a way as to allow regional characteristics to be taken into account.

The EUPHIDS system is available on a CD-ROM containing:

- The EUPHIDS system;
- A demo route introducing the system;
- A multimedia application demonstrating some of the underlying concepts;
- A background document.
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