Pesticide Registration Toolkit

Pesticide Registration Toolkit

The FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit is a decision support system for pesticide registrars in developing countries. It will assist registrars in the evaluation and authorization of pesticides. The Toolkit can best be considered as a web-based registration handbook intended for day-to-day use by pesticide registrars.

Registration staff can use the Toolkit to support several of their regular tasks, including: finding data requirements, evaluating technical aspects of the registration dossier, choosing an appropriate pesticide registration strategy and procedures, reviewing risk mitigation measures and getting advice on decision making.
The Toolkit also links to many pesticide-specific information sources such as registrations in other countries, scientific reviews, hazard classifications, labels, MRLs and pesticide properties.

Main components of the Toolkit

Registration tools

technical advice on various processes and methods in pesticide registration


Information sources

information on individual pesticides, often on external links not maintained by FAO


Special topics

topics of special interest Highly Hazardous Pesticides and Public Health Pesticides

Latest Training

Latest News

Highlights from toolkit

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Pesticide effects on soil organisms

Soil organisms, such as earthworms, mites, springtails and termites are essential for nutrient cycling and the maintenance of soil fertility. Recent reviews have shown that soils in conventional agricultural fields around the world contain concentrations of pesticides that pose considerable risks to such organisms. Conducting hazard and risk assessments of pesticides to soil organisms before registering a pesticide is therefore important. The Pesticide Registration Toolkit provides various methods for the evaluation of hazards and risk to soil organisms.
To learn more, visit the Assessment Methods module and select: Chemical Pesticide / Environmental effects / Effects on soil organisms.