WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES)

A transformation to support innovation, efficiency and quality

In October 2015, WHO initiated reforms to foster innovation, improve efficiency, assure quality and support best use and management of pesticide products.

Effective October 2016, WHOPES will refocus to strengthen normative guidance for vector control product evaluation and pesticide life-cycle management. The WHO Prequalification Team (PQ) will review all new applications for evaluation of pesticide products in existing categories (i.e. long-lasting insecticidal nets, larvicides, products for indoor residual spraying and space spraying as well as other commonly used public health pesticide products).

Role of WHOPES

WHOPES resides within the Vector Ecology and Management Unit in the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases.

WHOPES will continue to manage the following functions: Normative functions, policy development in life-cycle management of pesticides for public health, technical support and capacity building for vector control, and partnership and collaboration

Transitioning pesticide evaluation from WHOPES to PQ

Over a 3-year transition process starting October 2015, pesticide evaluation will move to the WHO Prequalification Team (PQ) to harmonize evaluation processes for all product assessment streams such as medicines, vaccines and diagnostics.

WHOPES will continue to coordinate and supervise the testing of pesticide products for any trials that are in process or for products accepted into WHOPES before October 2016.

Establishing GLP systems for vector control product testing

Good laboratory practice and good experimental practice (hereafter referred to as GLP) is the “gold standard” for laboratory and field testing of pesticide products required to generate high-quality, globally recognized data.

A global infrastructure will be established of public health pesticide testing institutions that comply with GLP international standards. This infrastructure will capitalize on WHO’s existing Collaborating Centres and partner institutions in pesticide evaluation studies.