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The Center for Cosmetics and Household/Urban Hazardous Substances Regulation and Research (CCHUHSRR) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hereby informs Pest Control Operators for Non-Agricultural Purposes of the following regulatory updates:

  1. Status of upcoming policies implementing DOH AO No. 2019-0010

The FDA, through CCHUHSRR, is currently undertaking the development of several implementing guidelines for the said regulations. These guidelines will provide the rules and regulations which will implement the three (3) regulatory services introduced in the said AO – “Licensing of Pest Control Operators”, “Certification of Supervising Pesticide Handler and Pesticide Handler”, and “Accreditation of Training Providers for Pest Control Operators, Supervising Pesticide Handlers, and/or Pesticide Handlers”.

The immediate policy in the pipeline is the guidelines for the “Licensing of Pest Control Operators”, wherein the said policy has undergone stakeholder consultations in October 2020 and December 2021. This policy is targeted to be issued by early 3rd Quarter of 2022. Meanwhile, the other two (2) implementing guidelines are slated for issuance in 2023.

  1. Clarification on existing FDA regulatory requirements

a. Use of registered household pesticides

While the policies implementing DOH AO No. 2019-0010 are under development, Pest Control Operators shall only use household pesticides duly registered under DOH AO No. 2019-0008, “New Rules and Regulations in the Registration of Household Pesticide Products and Their Active Ingredients”, in the conduct of their pest control activities for non-agricultural purposes. Further, Pest Control Operators are strongly reminded to maintain their respective pesticide handling, storage, transport, application and disposal management system to ensure the safety of their pesticide handlers and the public.

b. FDA authorizations for the purposes of bidding and other purposes

Until further regulations are issued by the FDA, as those cited in Item no. 1 above, the FDA does not grant requests for the issuance of certifications for Pest Control Operators and their Pesticide Handlers for bidding and other purposes. Notwithstanding this, Pest Control Operators intending to provide pest control services for non-agricultural purposes are advised to ensure that they have secured the appropriate business permits/authorizations/licenses from the Department of Trade and Industry, Securities and Exchange Commission, and/or Local Government Units, as applicable, for the orderly conduct of their business.

Pest Control Operators are, however, advised to take the necessary arrangements to prepare the administrative and technical requirements as stated in DOH AO No. 2019-0010, to facilitate regulatory compliance in anticipation of the issuance of the implementing guidelines for the “Licensing of Pest Control Operators”. Policy updates will be made available through www.fda.gov.ph.

For information and utmost cooperation of all concerned.

Dissemination of this Advisory is hereby requested.

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