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EU Pesticides Database

The EU Pesticides Database allows users to search for information on active substances used in plant protection products, Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) in food products, and emergency authorisations of plant protection products in Member States. Users can use the following search options to find information:

  • Active substances
    The database contains information on active substances (including those that are low-risk or candidates for substitution) and basic substances, either approved or non-approved in the EU. Some safeners and synergists are also listed but these have not yet been assessed at EU level.
    You can find the latest updates related to active substances here.

  • Food products
    Users can search for a particular food product (e.g. oranges) and retrieve the MRLs for all pesticide residues that apply to that product.

  • Pesticide residues and the MRLs that apply for such residues in food products
    Users can select a particular pesticide residue in specific food products and find the current or historical MRLs that legally apply. Users can also download data on MRLs.
    You can find the latest updates related to MRLs.

  • Emergency Authorisations of plant protection products in Member States of the European Union.
    Emergency authorisations granted in accordance with Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 by Member States from June 2016 onwards are present in the database. Users can search by various parameters to identify relevant emergency authorisations.

The EU Pesticides Database provides details of emergency authorisations granted by Member States, and are entered in the E-Submission Food Chain (ESFC) Platform [data entered from June 2016 – December 2022 in the Plant Protection Products Application Management System (PPPAMS) were migrated to ESFC].

Member States are fully responsible for the granting emergency authorisations. The information provided is the sole responsibility of Member State and therefore any questions related to specific authorisations should be addressed directly to the relevant Member State competent authority.