Pesticide Registration In South Africa

What is a Pesticide?

Pesticides are substances that are used to control pests. They include herbicides, insecticides, nematicides, fungicides, and many others. 

Pesticide Registration In South Africa

General Information:
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (DAFF) is responsible for the registration of
pesticides in South Africa. Pesticides are regulated in terms the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural
Remedies and Stock Remedies Act, 1947 (Act No. 36 of 1947).
To register a pesticide product in South Africa, one needs to have a local legal entity that will represent
the applicant company. The legal entity can be a person or a company that has to be
registered under the Company Act with the Department of Trade and Industry.
Pesticides can be registered if they have proven to be effective, safe, and of good quality. Therefore the
following data will be needed during the application process:
Five batch analysis reports to prove chemical and toxicological equivalence. Such data must be
generated from the GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) accredited independent laboratory.
Details of the manufacture.
At least three biological efficacy data reports were conducted on local cockroach species. In South
Africa such studies are conducted by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).
All chemical-physical data of the active ingredient and the formulated product must also be
submitted. All specifications of the product like storage stability data must be submitted.
Details of the mode of action on how the product works.
Registrations in South Africa will cost approximately R6300/product, or just under $1,000, and it
normally takes a minimum of 14-16 months to register the product.
The contact person at DAFF is:
Jonathan Maluta Mudzunga
Registrar: Act No. 36 of 1947
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Private Bag X343
South Africa
Physical address:
Agriculture Place, Room LA-GF-09
20 Beatrix Street
Arcadia, Pretoria, 0002
Tel. +27 12 319 7303
Fax +27 12 319 7179

How are pesticides regulated in South Africa?

The DAFF regulates the manufacture, distribution, sale, use, and advertisement of pesticides.

It derives this mandate from the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies, and Stock Remedies Act, 1947 (Act No. 36 of 1947).