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Principles of Kenya’s Pesticide Regime

Kenya has taken steps to protect human health and the environment from pest control products by establishing and implementing comprehensive regulations governing pesticide management as defined by the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management.

In ensuring safety, the Kenyan regulations on pesticide registration rule that:

  1. Registration in Kenya is anchored in law (PCPB Act) which has six regulations governing the industry. During registration, applicants are required to provide all required data
  2. No pesticide can be registered in Kenya unless it has been registered in its country of origin for the same use.
  3. No pesticide can be registered in Kenya without proof that it has already been approved for use in a developed country with a reputable risk assessment regimes, such as the EU or US, Canada,Australia and other OECD countries.
  4. Kenya requires, further,that all pesticide testing is conducted according to international guidelines, with certification to prove they used a Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) accredited laboratory. These labs are not found in Kenya yet.

Kenya is also a signatory to key international conventions, which are fully in effect, being:

  1. Stockholm Convention governing Persistent Organic Pollutants, which requires that countries regulate to eliminate or restrict the production and use of listed Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
  2. Rotterdam Convention governing information sharing on international trade of hazardous chemicals.This protects signatories from unwanted hazardous imports entering their countries, imposing labelling requirements and requirements to inform regimes of such trade.
  3. Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete Ozone Layer includes ozone depleting substances that are duly banned or restricted in Kenya.
  4. Basel Convention controls the cross-boundary movement of hazardous wastes and their disposals.

Under these conventions, Kenya’s Pest Control Product Board (PCPB) is a Designated National Authority (DNA) on pesticides and participates in meetings for banning or restricting products.

Banned or restricted pesticides under these conventions are automatically banned in Kenya. The PCPB has a list of banned pesticides on its website.