Food Farming

Guidelines for Pesticide Registration

General Information

SFA controls agricultural pesticides used in the commercial cultivation of plants in Singapore. Pesticides not registered with SFA cannot be used in local agricultural farms.

Registration of pesticides and the certification of pesticide operators ensures:

  • environmental safety
  • workers' safety during pesticide application
  • food safety when used on food crops

Before SFA registers the pesticides, all documents submitted during the application for registration will be carefully evaluated to ensure compliance with SFA's requirements.

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National Environment Agency's (NEA) Regulatory Role

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) in NEA controls pesticides listed as hazardous substances under the Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA).

A licence may be required for import, use and sales of these hazardous pesticides. The Environment Health Department (EHD) in NEA also regulates public health pesticides intended for use against the five vectors:

  • mosquitoes
  • flies
  • cockroaches
  • rodents
  • rat fleas
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Registration of Agricultural Pesticides

Any person who manufactures, imports, distributes, supplies or sells pesticides intended for agricultural use may register their pesticide products at SFA. Your business must be registered with Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) under the Business Names Registration Act 2014 or in the case of a company incorporated or registered under the Companies Act (Cap. 50).

Application Requirements

You have to submit these items to SFA:

You can find the opens in a new windowGuidelines for Pesticide Registration here.

The registration of each pesticide product costs S$465. The duration of the evaluation of the application will be based on the completeness of the information provided.

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Approved Pesticide Products

You will be issued these documents when your pesticide product is approved:

  • Certificate of Pesticide Registration
  • SFA Registration Number

The SFA Registration Number must be printed on every product label of the registered pesticide product. This will help the farmers identify the pesticide products that are registered with SFA.

The registration of pesticide products is also notified in the Gazette for general information to the public.

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

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