Agricultural Pesticides

Guidelines for Pesticide Registration

Guidelines for Pesticide Registration

SFA regulates and registers agricultural pesticides used in the cultivation of plants intended for sale in Singapore. These include synthetic chemical and biological pesticides, plant growth regulators and pesticide-containing biostimulant/fertiliser/soil conditioner. Pesticides are carefully evaluated to ensure compliance with SFA's requirements before they are registered. Those not registered with SFA cannot be used in local agricultural farms. 

Pesticide operators are also required to be certified by SFA.

The registration of pesticides and the certification of pesticide operators ensures:

  • Food safety when used on food crops
  • Workers' safety during pesticide application
  • Environmental safety

Pesticides for purposes other than the cultivation of plants sale in Singapore do not require registration with SFA. These include export, industrial, public hygiene, landscaping and household uses.

Registration of Agricultural Pesticides

Before registering a pesticide product with SFA, please ensure that you have a valid registration with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) under the Business Names Registration Act 2014. If you are operating as a company, you will need to be incorporated or registered under the Companies Act (Cap. 50).

Application Process

To register an agricultural pesticide, you will need to submit these items to SFA:

Please refer to the Guidelines for Pesticide Registration for more details.

The registration of each pesticide product costs S$465. The evaluation of completed applications will take 3 months. SFA will inform the applicant on the outcome of the application by email.

Approved Pesticide Products

An SFA Registration Number for the pesticide product will be provided once registration is completed. The SFA Registration Number must be printed on every product label of the registered pesticide product. This will help farmers identify the pesticide products that are registered with SFA.

The registered pesticide products will also be included in the Gazette for general information to the public.

You can refer to the "Pesticide Search" to search for the approved agricultural pesticides.

Other Regulating Agencies

The National Environment Agency (NEA) regulates the import, export and sale of chemical pesticides that are listed as hazardous substances under the Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA).

The National Parks Board (NParks) regulates the import of biological pesticides or biological control agents

For the import of pesticides, please check with the relevant regulating agencies above.