Pesticides are biologically active chemicals used in the prevention and control of harmful pest infestation in agricultural land and in buildings and structures. Pests may be animals, plants, fungi or micro-organisms. However, before any pesticides can be advertised, sold, supplied, stored or used, they must be approved for use.

This topic describes the types of approvals and the legislative requirements relating to using pesticides that are in place to protect human health and the environment.

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