Website User Guide
Welcome to the Chemical Regulations Directorate (Pesticides) (CRD) Website User Guide. Here you'll find everything you need to know about using our website.
If you need any assistance using this website you can email our WebTeam or contact our Information Services Team on +44 (0)1904 455775.
- Page Layout
- Finding Your Way Around
- Accessibility features
All the features of the CRD website pages, from the top of the page down.
The Navigation Bar gives access to the separate Interest Areas that the site is divided into. Find out more about Interest Areas.
The "In this Section" Menu in the left-hand column contains the key navigation links. As you move through the website these will change to give you the most appropriate links for that area.
Useful Links, under the "In this Section" Menu, are available on every page and are are broadly useful in the context of that page or area of the website. A link to a page of External links, relevant to the whole site, is always included on this menu.
This area contains the main Content Block for that page:
At the top of the box there is a Content Map, often called a "breadcrumb" link to show you where this content 'lives' in the website. This is in the context of the subject matter of the Content Block, so it also serves as a useful indication of how the content fits into the broader subject areas.
Each step in this map is also a link back to the relevant page for that area. So, in the example image above, clicking on 'Home' would take you to the 'Home Page'. This is a useful way of moving back up the website, particularly if you have entered via a high-level page (perhaps through the use of a search engine) or have crossed subject areas within the site by following links.
On many pages there will also be a Further Information box below the Main Content Box. This contains links to pages or documents that are closely associated with the content.
The footer links are available at the bottom of every page and include links to useful information about using the website,
The Home page of the website contains sections for "Latest Regulatory Updates and Information Updates" and "Other News" which lists the latest items from the "Other news" page.
All other pages in the Website include a box on the top right hand side with links to the "Latest news page" and indexes for all Regulatory updates and Information Updates.
Each item includes a title and a brief summary of the page it refers to. To open the full page simply click on the title.
On the Home Page there is also a link to the News Archive which lists previous News items.
The CRD website is divided into Interest Areas.
The Home area gives you access to all our web content. It also provides overviews of many of the more technical aspects of our work and is, therefore, an ideal way for members of the public to get the information they want without being overwhelmed by technical detail.
This area also contains the Home area "Home" Page, a good place to start if you want to learn about CRD and the issues surrounding pesticides.
You can choose any of these sections to go to an overview page for that topic, with links to other pages and areas of the site.
If you have a specific interest you may find the other Interest Areas more useful. Here you'll see content most pertinent to you. These Areas are:
- Databases: Access to all the databases which we provide regarding individual pesticide product approvals, adjuvant approvals, Maxium Residue Levels for active ingredients and toxicological endpoints.
- Applicant Advice: advice and documentation for companies or individuals wishing to seek approval for pesticides through the registration process, and latest news for current Application Holders (see also biopesticides below)
- Farmers & Growers: information for farmers and growers.
- Amenity Users: Information for amenity pesticide users.
- Home Garden: information on pesticides used in the home garden
- Food Industry: issues surrounding food safety, pesticides residues and monitoring programmes.
- Biopesticides: advice for those wishing to seek approval for biopesticides, giving information on the biopesticide scheme which was set up to facilitate alternative products to enter the market.
- Advisory Groups: details of the independent committees and organisations that advise the UK government on pesticides and plant protection issues. More information on Advisory Groups.
The websites of three key independent advisory groups are hosted on this website. These are:
- The Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP)
- The Pesticide Residues Committee (PRC)
- The Pesticides Forum
We also host the websites of action groups that address pesticide resistance. These are:
- Fungicide Resistance Action Group (FRAG)
- Insecticide Resistance Action Group (IRAG)
- Rodenticide Resistance Action Group (RRAG)
- Weed Resistance Action Group (WRAG)
The websites listed above share many of the same functions as the CRD website. Although they have a different 'look and feel', all their features are covered by this guide. However some of the functions of the CRD website are not used due to the relatively small size of these websites.
If you need any further help or information you can email our WebTeam or contact our Information Services Team on +44 (0)1904 455775.
For people who use their keyboards to navigate, Access Keys make accessing links easier.
Access Keys are used in combination with another key:
- For Windows this is usually 'Alt'.
- For Apple Mac this is usually 'Cmd'.
- For other Operating System, eg Linux, this is usually dictated by the browser.
Check the documentation that came with your browser for more information about Access Keys.
The website now meets all Priority 1, most Priority 2 and several Priority 3 requirements of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
For more information please read our Accessibility Statement.
We have used Tab Index on pages that contain forms, to improve keyboard navigation. Tab Index means that when you use the 'Tab' button on your keyboard you will be taken directly to the form fields and buttons, instead of firstly having to tab through all the links that precede the form.
All the tables in our main content pages are marked up to show the relationship between the table headers and the table cells. This allows 'non-visual' browsers to make sense of the data contained. We have also provided a summary and caption for the table to aid this understanding.
To help those with slower connections we have divided up bigger tables wherever possible.
Acronyms and 'initialisms' are abbreviated forms of a phrase, using key letters from that phrase. For example, CRD for the Chemicals Regulation Directorate.
Much of the content in this website is unavoidably technical and this means you will find lots of acronyms and initials. To help you understand these we have tried to ensure that the first use of an acronym or initialism on a page is always shown with its expanded version, if possible.
Acronyms and initialisms are also used as a means of saving space and making a page easier to read by avoiding having to repeat long phrases. In these cases the phrase will always be used in full to start with.
We have also used special codes to highlight the acronym. If your browser supports these codes the full description will pop up when you hover over the acronym. It will also be highlighted with a dotted underline.
For example, Defra.
It is hoped that, in the future, browsers will be able to extract these codes and automatically generate a list of acronyms used in the site.
Where there is a change in the natural language in the page we have used special codes to tell browsers of this change. This is particularly relevant to those using 'talking' browsers, where a language change might otherwise cause confusion.
An example would be the use of a Latin phrase like this: A. rhopalosiphi.
Where a document or part of a document has been referred to, but there is not an available link to the resource, a special code has been used to mark this as a citation. Again details of the language of the citation are included to avoid potential confusion with non-English resources.
For more on Website Accessibility please see our Accessibility Statement.