CCM:MOA not officially re-classified paraquat as highly toxic substance

Publish time: 3rd October, 2016      Source: CCM
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    Summary: On 1 July, 2016, paraquat AS exited the Chinese pesticide market, though, in mid-July, the MOA has not yet issued any official legal documents about re-classifying paraquat as a highly toxic substance. It means that the toxicity of paraquat is still consistent with the one registered in the ICAMA.   




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  Paraquat AS has been officially banned from the Chinese pesticide market since 1 July, 2016, according to the No.1745 Announcement issued by China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. However, although some industry conferences suggested re-classifying paraquat as a highly toxic substance, the MOA has not yet issued any legal documents about the re-classification as of mid-July. The toxicity of paraquat is still consistent with the one registered at the Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals, Ministry of Agriculture (ICAMA).


  Data from the ICAMA show that there are 52 valid paraquat registrations now, of which 49 are moderately toxic, 2 are low toxic and one is highly toxic. Recycling transportation of paraquat  AS and export transportation of paraquat TK/ AS will not been affected by the toxicity.


  After the ban of paraquat AS, inventory disposal, recycle transportation of paraquat AS as well as the sales of paraquat TK draw high attention. On 6 July, 2016, the Working Group on Product Management and Social Responsibility Caring of Chinese Paraquat Manufacturers held a meeting at the China Crop Protection Industry Association, where they advanced certain measures and suggestions about the future of paraquat.


  1. To properly dispose the inventories

  After 1 July, all paraquat inventories that still haven't been sold shall be returned to the corresponding manufacturers which will be bound to take responsibility and dispose of said paraquat. Related wholesalers shall gather the products from retailers and distributors so as to allow manufacturers to transport them to factories. Due to the expertise and particularity of safe disposal of pesticides, storing paraquat on the spot or destroying it by melting and burning is not recommended. In the meantime, related management departments of transportation shall provide convenience for aforementioned units.




  2. To exactly understand the toxicity of paraquat

  Recently, many primary-level law-enforcing departments treat paraquat as a highly toxic pesticide, which obstacles the return of the remaining paraquat inventories, its normal transportation as well as the sales of other paraquat formulations. This also misleads the public and social opinions. In fact, the MOA just suggested re-classifying paraquat as a highly toxic substance at the 17th plenary meeting of the 8th National Review Committee of Pesticide Registration, while not issuing any official announcements for this decision. At the moment, the MOA is collecting opinions from relevant departments and the public about this re-classification.


  3. To strengthen the production and sales management of paraquat TK

  According to the No.1745 Announcement, paraquat TK manufacturers are still allowed to produce the product for export. In order to control the domestic production and use of paraquat AS from the source, existing TK manufacturers are prohibited to:

  •     Sell paraquat TK to domestic formulation enterprises.   
  •     Expand their production scale.   
  •     Transfer the production qualification to other manufacturers.   



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