MRLs

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.

MRL Application
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MRL Compendium
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MRL Guidelines
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MRL Brochure
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming work is expected in areas of :

  • Enhancing MRL compliance
  • Development of guidance on general best practices, and risk communication with regard to MRL compliance, and modernization of food safety systems
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • And continued work on streamlining the use of export certificates in the region through bilateral work with Peru.

The FSCF and the FSCF PTIN Steering Group will meet next in New Zealand in 2021 in either the APEC Seniors Official Meeting (SOM) 1 or 2

RECENT EVENTS

Food Safety Cooperation Forum Conference

May 10, 2019

Valparaiso, Chile

Workshop on Trade Facilitation through an APEC Framework on Food Safety Modernization

May 9, 2019

Valparaiso, Chile

FSCF Partnership Training Institute Network Steering Group meeting

May 8, 2019

Valparaiso, Chile

Workshop on FSCF Partnership Training Institute Network Export Certificate

May 8, 2019

Valparaiso, Chile

Workshop MRL Implementation Tools Showcase

May 8, 2019

Valparaiso, Chile

Workshop on Trade Facilitation by Ensuring a Safer Food Supply through Cross-Border E-Commerce

May 6-7, 2019

Valparaiso, Chile