by Xunyao Fu, PhD.
On August 5, 2019, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan Gazette Online published the amendment of Agro-pesticides Labeling Management Regulation (農藥標示管理辦法), which was made by the Council of Agriculture (COA) Order No. 1081489093. The Regulation was first enacted on December 15, 2003, and the last amendment was promulgated on January 5, 2016.
Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) has been fully implemented in Taiwan since January 1, 2017. The Taiwan National Standards CNS 15030 Z1051 Chemical Classification and Labeling were established based on GHS, and the Ministry of Labor (MOL) and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) have adopted the standards to manage and label the hazardous chemicals. In order to strengthen the pesticide labeling management and comply with the international norms, and to provide users with clearer operating guidelines and precautions for hazard prevention, COA has specially revised the Regulations for the Labeling of Agro-pesticides with the following major changes:
- Establish an operation system to produce labels in order to assist the industry to specify information such as hazard pictograms and hazard statements on the basis of product characteristics.
- Require manufacturers to replace the label with its alteration. Non-compliant labeling such as correcting information by using stickers or by affixing both new and original labels on the package are not allowed, in order to prevent the occurrence of pesticide label violations.
- Incorporate the mode of action classification code adopted by Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC), Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) and Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC), and product barcode adopted by European Article Number (EAN) into the pesticide labeling elements, replace the current pesticide warning signs and attention signs with the GHS hazard pictograms and precautionary pictograms, and add signal words and hazard statements requirements on the product label.
- Change the warning signs and attention signs on the pesticide protomer label to the GHS hazard pictograms and precautionary pictograms, and add signal words and hazard statements requirements in order to comply to GHS requirements.
- Restrict the use of additional information on the label added by the business that it must not overlap with the legally required information, in order to facilitate users to read the pesticide label clearly.
- Add an attachment of Honey Bee Acute Toxicity Classification, so that the agro-pesticide’s effect to non-target organisms can be further controlled. This new provision refers to the requirements stipulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The amendment came into effect immediately upon publication. For the labels that were approved prior to the implementation of the amendment but don’t comply to the requirements regulated in the amendment, an application form for modification shall be submitted within three years of the implementation; the new label must be applied within 6 months after the modification is approved.
Recommended Action Items:
- Check if your labels comply to the requirements regulated by the amendment;
- Submit the modification application if the label is not complied and apply the new label once it is approved.
The Executive Yuan Gazette Online, Council of Agriculture Order No. 1081489093 on the promulgation of the Amendment of Agro-pesticides Labeling Management Regulation, August 5, 2019. (Source is only available in Traditional Chinese) https://gazette2.nat.gov.tw/EG_FileManager/eguploadpub/eg025146/ch07/type1/gov62/num20/Eg.htm
Agro-pesticides Labeling Management Regulation (農藥標示管理辦法) (Source is only available in Traditional Chinese) https://law.moj.gov.tw/LawClass/LawAll.aspx?pcode=M0140024
Taiwan, Pesticide, Pesticide Labeling
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