Monocrotophos, an organophosphorus compound, is a broad spectrum, systemic insecticide and acaricide used to control sucking, chewing and boring insects on horticultural and agricultural crops.
There are no products containing monocrotophos currently registered for use in Australia.
Monocrotophos has been listed as a chemical subject to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (the Rotterdam Convention). Australia became a party to the convention on 18 August 2004.
Prior Informed Consent (PIC) is a procedure that promotes a shared responsibility between exporting and importing countries in protecting human health and the environment from the potentially harmful effects of certain hazardous chemicals that are being traded internationally. It allows countries to make informed decisions about the chemicals they import and contributes to the processes of managing chemical risk.
Status: Review Completed
The APVMA reviewed the use of monocrotophos because of concerns over agricultural worker health and potential environmental effects. The review found that monocrotophos is toxic to aquatic invertebrates, birds and mammals.
In 2000 the APVMA released the Monocrotophos Review Final Report. In the report the APVMA recommended canceling product registrations and active constituent approval for monocrotophos (effective from 9 December 2000) and withdrawing the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) (effective 30 June 2002). Read a full history of the review.
For more information contact:
Phone: +61 2 6210 4749
Fax: +61 2 6210 4874
Search the PUBCRIS database for registered products that contain monocrotophos.
APVMA Monocrotophos Archive
|Gazette Notice: The reconsideration of monocrotophos||Dec 2000|
|Gazette Notice: Outcomes of the review of monocrotophos||Jan 2000|
|Managing Residues of Monocrotophos: Advice to Growers||May 2000|
|Media Release: Registration of insecticide monocrotophos cancelled||Dec 1999|
|Monocrotophos Draft Review Report*||Jul 1999|
|Media Release: Review recommends stricter controls and user certification on locust insecticide - Monocrotophos||Jul 1999|
|* Contact the APVMA for copies of this document.|