Pesticide MRLs are limits set by regulatory authorities to ensure that pesticide use does not cause unnecessary harm to the environment or human health. When agricultural products are imported, border officials test some shipments to ensure that products being imported do not exceed their domestic MRL. When economies have different MRLs, or when economies don’t have an MRL at all, it can pose a barrier to trade that increases food insecurity, makes food more expensive, and hurts the economy of both the importing and exporting country.
The APEC FSCF and FSCF PTIN has done extensive work with regard to MRL harmonization and enforcement over the last several years. Australia had led work aiming to facilitate trade of food products in the APEC region through harmonization of import MRLs for pesticides among APEC member economies specifically via the development of two practical tools. The first is a database that will capture relevant information about government administration of regulatory import MRLs for pesticides in APEC member economies and the other is a template application that will describe the necessary information that will enable an import MRL request to be raised to any APEC member economy. Please click below to view the associated documents.
Virtual FSCF Framework on Risk Communication, Workshop 2
December 2-3, 2020
Virtual FSCF Framework on Risk Communication, Workshop 1
July 24, 2020