Date Posted September 2015
THE Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) is now ready to accept and analyze pesticide samples due to the recent establishment and operationalization of the Pesticide Analytical Services Laboratory (PASL) Section of the FPA-Laboratory Services Division (LSD). The approval and signing of the Board Resolution No. 6 “Approving the Proposed Implementing Guidelines on the Conduct of Various Physico- Chemical Analyses in the Pesticide Analytical Laboratory Services Section of the Laboratory Services Division”
by the FPA Board on June 30, 2015 had signified the official operationalization of the PASL. “For the initial operation of PASL, LSD will now accept and analyse pesticide samples containing the following active ingredients (AI): butachlor, chlorothalonil, chlorpyrifos, cypermethrin, deltamethrin, imidacloprid and propanil,” said Mr. Angelo Bugarin, Chemist IV of the LSD. Nonetheless, clients can submit other pesticide AIs for method validation of new pesticide products. Two methods – gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) – will be performed in the PASL to analyse pesticides. The GC method, which costs PhP 3,360.00, will be utilized to analyse and validate butachlor, chlorothalonil, cypermethrin and propanil.
Meanwhile, the HPLC method, which costs PhP 3,130.00, will be utilized for chlorpyrifos, cypermethrin, deltamethrin and imidacloprid. “Under normal operating conditions, laboratory test report can be released within seventeen (17) working days from the date when LSD receives the sample,” said Mr. Bugarin. The target consumers of the PASL, which is equipped with two gas chromatographs and two high performance liquid chromatographs, are handlers of pesticide products including marketers, researchers and farmers. As a result of limited manpower, the PASL is projected to lodge for analysis four AIs using HPLC method and eight AIs using GC method per week. “Filipino farmers will be confident that the f/p products they are using have been validated by the FPA which assures that the products met the technical standards set by the government.
[Also] stakeholders can enjoy the benefit of quality service with the availability of state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. In addition, ease of transaction and faster endorsement of pesticide sample for laboratory analysis is possible since the FPA-Pesticide Regulations Division (PRD) can directly forward the sample to LSD in the same day when the client submitted the sample [for product registration],” said Mr. Bugarin as he explained the benefits of the new PASL to its consumers. Since March 2011, the Fertilizer Analytical Services Laboratory (FASL) Section has been accepting and analysing fertilizer macronutrients (e.g., Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Sulfur, etc.), micronutrients (e.g., Copper, Manganese, Iron, Zinc, Boron, etc.) and plant growth regulators (e.g., gibberellic acid, naphthalene acetic acid, indolebutyric acid, etc.). A new schedule of laboratory fees and charges for additional services in the PASL and FASL will soon be released as a result of the approval of the Board Resolution No. 8 “Approving the Proposed Schedule of Fees and Charges for Additional Laboratory Services” last August 28, 2015. “The new services include physico-chemical tests on various pesticide products (i.e., flash point, melting point/boiling point, bulk density and dithiocarbamate analysis) and microbial analysis for E. coli and Total Coliform,” elucidated Mr. Bugarin. # (With reports from Angelo Bugarin)