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Pesticides Registration Rules

1.The registration, handling and use of agricultural pesticides are going according to the Ministerial Decree no. 974/2017.
2. The Egyptian Agricultural Law no. 53/1966 assigns the APC authorities and responsibilities regarding to implementation of the Ministerial Decree no. 974/2017 about the registration, handling and use of agricultural pesticides in Egypt.
3. The stakeholder should submit an application to APC for the registration of any agricultural pesticide after payment of the prescribed fees along with the primary technical data sheet.
4. The APC Rapporteur examines the application form and reviews the current situation of pesticide in the approved data recorded by US-EPA, European Union (EU), Canada, Australia and Japan.
5. In the case of consistency of the registration requirements on the pesticide in question, the applicant should submit the primary technical data sheet along with the proposed experimentation program for testing the efficacy of the pesticide against the target pest. the applicant must provide samples of the active ingredient(s) and the major impurities that may co-exist with it from accredited sources for use as reference standards and any other substances required for analysis. Then, the complete program should be reviewed by the committee's secretariat, followed by the main committee. After the approval, four copies should be distributed to: secretariat of the committee; experimentation administrator; Central Agricultural Pesticide Laboratory (CAPL) and the stakeholder. 6. In the case of committee approval on the experimentation program, the stakeholder should pay costs scheduled for experimentation and analysis, then the experimental procedure starts.
7. In the case of import samples of any pesticide from abroad, the stakeholder have to submit an application form to the APC’s Secretariat for the customs clearance, free of charge, of all the necessary samples which will be used in analyzing and experimentation of the pesticide in question, and in quantities that are commensurate with the purpose of importation.
8. The stakeholder must provide samples of experimentation to administrator of the Institute or the respective laboratory, who assure that they are already required for experimentation, then, he sign and stamp two samples and send them to the Central Laboratory of Pesticides to ensure conformity of chemical and physical specifications of which the pesticide registration will be examined.
9. In the case of non-conformity, the stakeholder may submit a grievance to the CAPL for re- analyzing the other sample. 10. In the case of non-conformity with the second sample, the experimentation program will not continue, and the stakeholder can reimburse the experimentation fees.
11. In case of matching the samples submitted for experimentation with chemical and physical specifications, the experimentation administrator will send the samples to the agricultural research stations for testing them on the target pest(s), according to the protocol designed for this purpose and issued from the Committee.
12. According to the Ministerial Decree no. 974/ 2017 which regulates the management and use of agricultural pesticides, the pesticide(s) should be subjected to two similar and consecutive agricultural seasons. Attractants, however, are subjected to one agricultural season only.In Case of attractants containing pesticide in a mixture, exprimentation should be done in two successive seasons.
13. The experimentation administrator displays the results obtained to the Institute Council or the competent laboratory to be discussed and make recommendations. These recommendations are presented to the main Committee for issuing decisions.
14. The stakeholder provides the complete file of the pesticide under registration, and the APC Secretariat will prepare it for submission to two specialist's reviewers selected by the Committee Chairman or his deputy for technical checking the pesticide file. In the case of a difference between opinions of the two reviewers, a third one should be appointed.
15. When the pesticide passes all the experimentation stages and approval of the recommendations Committee, a certificate of biological assessment approval should be issued.
16. The reviewers submit their recommendations to the APC committee for approval, then a pesticide registration certificate will be issued in triplicate copies:
- A copy to be kept in the secretariat of the committee
- A copy to the Central Laboratory of pesticides
- A copy to the concerned person after payment of the prescribed fees
17. The registration certificate of the technical grade or formulated pesticide is valid for a period of six renewable years from its issuing date. Re-evaluation of the formulated pesticide should be performed at the beginning of the third year from the date of the registration certificate issuing.
18. After issuing of the registration certificate, the stakeholder may apply for getting the pesticide label (two-year) after payment of the prescribed fees.
19.Transfer of product registration of a pesticide to another party is not allowed unless three years have passed from the first issuing of the registration certificate. The transferee must provide the APC with all the documents it seems necessary in this regard. Transfer of product registration to another party is not permitted with registration certificates that had passed six years of issuance unless one year has passed from the issuance of the last custom release of the pesticide. Producer transfer agreement are required.
20. The locally formulated pesticides pass through the same steps. This locally formulated will not be registered unless after registration of its technical grade for six years, and will not be re-registered unless one of its formulated preparations has been already registered.
21. The concerned person can submit an application to the committee to import the pesticide provided it is registered, and one of its recommendations is valid, and the concerned person must hold a license for trading in agricultural pesticides.