The Québec Pesticide Risk Indicator, identified by the acronym QPRI, is a diagnostic and decision-making tool designed to optimize pesticide management. It has a health component (QPRI-Health) and an environment component (QPRI-Environment).
This tool was developed through a comparison of pesticide risk indicators found in scientific literature. The selection and definition of criteria for the indicator are the result of close collaboration among :
le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ)
le ministère du Développement durable,de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP)
l’Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)
Both versions (2001 and 2004) of the approach recommended by the Norwegian Minister of Agriculture served as models for developing the QPRI, particularly its environment component. The health component had to be created from new criteria established by INSPQ, as no comparable system existed to date in…