Pesticide maximum residue level legislation around the world

Find links to maximum residue level (MRL) legislation in many markets, including New Zealand, and to MRLs established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

Finding MRL requirements for destination markets

Most of the links in this table direct to external websites. Most of them are updated regularly. However, MPI does not guarantee the accuracy of the information. You should also check relevant trading partner legislation before exporting your plant products.

Links to MRLs and/or legislation



SENASA Regulations

InfoLEG Legislative documents


Select ‘Resolucion’ in ‘Tipo de norma’ and SENASA in ‘’Dependencia’.

Select ‘Busqueda: Por Texto’, ‘Resolucion’ in ‘Tipo de norma’ and use ‘LMR’ in Text: search box.


FSANZ Food Standards Code

Schedule 20

NZ MRLs also apply for NZ-produced food (TTMRA).

MRLs are in Schedule 20.


ANVISA Pesticide Monographs

MRLs included in the ANVISA pesticide “Monografias Autorizadas”.


PMRA MRL Database

PMRA Consultations

MRL Database (searchable).

Proposed MRLs are the ‘PMRL’ series.

Chile Chile Legislation

MRLs are in Resolution 581 (1999) – as  updated by Chilean Ministry of Health.


Codex Pesticide Residues

MRL database (searchable).

Costa Rica

SFE MRL Webpage

MRLs are in RTCR 424-2008, as updated by SFE.

European Union

EU Pesticides Database

EU MRL Legislation

UK HSE Pesticides web page

EU database of pesticide MRLs and active substance authorisations (searchable).

Regulation EC 396/2005 and amendments.

Recently adopted and proposed EU MRLs (See ‘News’).


GSO Standards Store

A list of GCC Standards (available for purchase). Search for “maximum limits”. 

Hong Kong

CFS MRL Database

MRL Database (searchable).


FSSAI Legislation

MRLs are listed in the “Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulation, 2011. (See Compendium for updates).


Indonesia E-Legislation website

Select ‘Nomor’ as search key and search for the “KR.040” set of regulations. MRLs currently in 55/Permentan/KR.040/11/2016.


MARD (PPIS) Data Bank

Select “Search” to access the Pesticide Residues database (searchable).


FFCR website

See “MRLs List” for a database of MRLs (searchable).


MFDS MRL database

MRL database (searchable). Also includes relevant Codex MRLs, and Import MRL information.


MOH FSQ Legislation

Select “Perundangan”. MRLs are in the Food Regulations 1985, see the linked Schedules (Schedule 16).

New Caledonia

DAVAR Pesticides webpage

MRLs are listed in “La deliberation no. 113/CP du 18 Octobre 1996”.

New Zealand

MRLs for agricultural compounds

MRLs are listed in “Food Notice: Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds”. 


BAFS website

Use the PNS filter to select: 'Crops' > 'Fresh Fruits and Vegetables' > 'MRLs for various Fruits and Vegetables'

Russian Federation

Rospotrebnadzor legal texts

Requirements for pesticides (EU webpage)

Search for document series ‘1.2.3111-13’


AVA Legislation webpage

See Sale of Food Act and the 9th Schedule in the associated Food Regulations.


South Africa

GOV.ZA portal

Search for ‘Foodstuffs pesticide’.


Federal Council portal

DFI MRL Ordinance (817 series). 


FDA Laws & Regulations

See Standards for Pesticide Residue Limits in Foods.


ACFS General Standards

Browse for ‘9002’ document series.


GPO Federal Digital System

MRLs are in e-CFR, Part 40, Section 180


Vietnam Law website

Vietnam Law website – English version

Search Title for ‘TT-BYT maximum residue’.

An MoH Circular is available for purchase in English through this webpage.

Other links


ASEAN Standards and Guidelines

Includes a database of ASEAN MRLs

Australia NRS MRL Database

Searchable database of MRLs for Australia and some other countries for Australian-registered pesticides on selected foods, compiled by the National Residue Survey.

Global MRL database (Bryant Christie)

Searchable MRL database for a wide range of commodities, pesticides and countries. Free access to US MRLs, other country MRLs available by subscription. 

USDA FAS Reports

USDA’s Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) country reports and Exporters Guides.

WTO/SPS notifications (ePing)

A searchable database of WTO SPS and TBT notifications.

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