Pesticide Control Laboratories (PCL)
Welcome to the Pesticide Control Laboratory website. The Pesticide Control Laboratory consists of two laboratories that provide a service for the analysis of pesticide residues in food and for the analysis of pesticide products to assure compliance with their authorised specification.
The Pesticide Residue Laboratory provides the analytical support necessary to enforce EU Regulation 396 of 2005 controlling pesticide residues in food. These controls are managed by way of an annual monitoring programme agreed between DAFF and the FSAI. The programme assures that food on the Irish market complies with pesticide residue legislation. The laboratory is accredited to the ISO 17025 standard.
The Pesticide Formulation Laboratory provides the analytical support necessary to enforce the requirements of Directive 91/414/EEC controlling the marketing and use of plant protection products on the Irish market. An annual programme of work is agreed with the Pesticide Registration Division of DAFF, which requires that plant protection products on the market are checked to verify that they comply with the authorised specification. The laboratory is accredited to ISO 17025 standard.
National Reference Laboratory (NRL)
The Pesticide Residue Laboratory is the NRL for the following four areas:
- Pesticide Residues in Cereals,
- Pesticide Residues in Food of Plant Origin,
- Pesticide Residues in Food of Animal Origin and
- Pesticide Residues, Single Methods of Analysis.
The role of National Reference laboratory (NRL) is defined in Regulation 882 of 2004. As NRL the Pesticide Residue Laboratory plays a key role in the implementation of the pesticide residue-monitoring programme, part of the Irish National Multi Annual Control Plan (MANCP) controlling the safety of food and feed.
Pesticide residues in food are controlled by Regulation 396 of 2005.
The marketing and use of plant protection products is controlled by Directive 91/414/EEC. This legislation has been under review and a Regulation, replacing this Directive, is currently being finalised at EU level.
The consolidation of all Irish food safety controls into one Irish MANCP has been managed in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 882 of 2004.
The results of the Irish monitoring programme for pesticide residues in food are published annually and can be found at the website of the Pesticide Control Service of DAFF.
Annual reports have been prepared since 1990 and are available electronically from the website above since 2000.
The Pesticide Residue Laboratory provides the analytical support necessary to implement the annual monitoring programme controlling pesticide residues in food. The laboratory currently analyses samples for up to 330 different pesticides and their breakdown compounds.
INAB is the official body responsible for the accreditation of Irish laboratories.
The accredited analytical scope of the laboratory is listed at the INAB website:
Similarly the analytical scope of the Pesticide Formulation Laboratory is listed at the INAB website:
The Pesticide Control Laboratory,
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,