This Guidebook serves as the second edition of the FPA Fertilizer Regulatory Policies and
Implementing Guidelines, since the release of its first edition in 2013. It comes as the result of
the need to update its contents to make it timely and relevant to the demands of times. Further,
it goes along with the Agency’s undertaking to leverage its Quality Management System
(QMS) to an international standard of service.


It is a document that serves as a reference by policymakers, researchers and other interested
individuals in coming up with propositions and resolutions to advance the fertilizer industry.


The pages of this material features eight (8) chapters, namely The Fertilizer and Pesticide
Authority (Chapter I); Fertilizer Product Registration (Chapter II); Biological Efficacy Data
Generation (Chapter III); Licensing of Handlers (Chapter IV); Fertilizer Movement, Supply, and
Quality Product Standard (Chapter V); Fertilizer Information and Statistics (Chapter VI);
Accreditations (Chapter VII); and Penal Provisions and Enforcement Action (Chapter VIII). It
presents fertilizer regulatory requirements, procedures, and processes, and defines technical
terminologies for these to be understood.


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This 3rd (2020) edition of the “PESTICIDE REGULATORY POLICIES AND IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES”, introduces new provisions on the issuance of Experimental Use Permits (EUPs), product labelling requirements, procedures on the disposal of pesticide containers, and FPA acceptance of third-party authorizations (TPA).


The book features eight (8) chapters namely:Mandate and Structure of the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority Pertaining to Pesticide Regulation (Chapter I); Registration of Chemical Pesticides (Chapter II); Policy Guidelines on Biorational Pesticides (Chapter III); Licensing, Certification and Accreditation of Pesticide Handlers (Chapter IV); Product Stewardship and Responsible Care (Chapter V); Post- Registration Activities (Chapter VI); Penalties for Violations (Chapter VII); and Miscellaneous Provisions and Requirements (Chapter VIII). It basically presents pesticide regulatory requirements, procedures, and processes, and defined technical terminologies for these to be understood.


This document may serve as a guide for all pesticide handlers in their registration requirements and operational activities in the Philippines. The over-riding objective is to streamline and make more practical the regulatory process in line with basic principles and international guidelines contained in relevant documents issued by FAO, WHO and US-EPA. Additional groups likely to be interested in this guidebook are other government agencies, environmentalists, academics, and NGOs.


The revision of the guidelines is the result of the series of meetings, including consultations with the different stakeholders. The lessons learned from the past especially on registration procedures and requirements have been the bases of several changes in these guidelines.


Interestingly, the second edition of these guidelines came out in December 2001. After about eighteen years of implementation, a number of problems had cropped up concerning the practicality and/or ambiguity of some of its provisions, certain difficulties encountered by the Authority in pursuing its mandate, as well as in coping with the rapid changes and development in the pesticide industry.


Regulatory activities are still considered to be the most feasible and practical option for ensuring a balance between the benefits and risks of pesticide use in developing countries like the Philippines. The revised policies aim to do just that. These proposed policies, however, would be meaningful only if the following requisites are in place: a proper structure for effective regulation; a responsible pesticide industry; and an educated populace.




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