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Pesticide’s registration in Chile

The first distinction to be made in Chile is the proposed use of pesticides. Pesticides use in the agricultural field is subject to different regulation than those use in households. The registration of pesticides for the household is supervised by the Ministry of Health and the registration of pesticides for agricultural use (agrochemicals) is supervised by SAG, which is an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Pesticide’s registration for the household

Before a pesticide can be commercialized in Chile, it has to undergo a lab analysis first. For this purpose, a foreigner can either create a new company or appoint someone here in Chile that will ask for the registration under his name and afterward transfers the registration to the foreign company, when it establishes a brand here in Chile.

The documentation that has to be provided is as follows:

Analysis methods.

The lab testing will cost depending on the active ingredients up to U$2,000.- Once the records have been checked and the report of the Public Health Institute has been received, the technical report will be processed and result into the corresponding authorization, through a decision of the Director of the respective Health Service. This will be a valid decision in the whole country, so the Service that elaborates it will have to send a copy of it to the rest of the Health Services of the country and the central ministerial level.

The duration of the whole procedure lasts about 1 year.

Pesticide’s registration to be used in the fields (agrochemicals).

Pesticide to be used in the fields or crops must be registered by SAG. Usually, foreign companies that want to market those products in Chile seek for a Chilean partner since SAG requires for the registration of such products that each company that wants to register agrochemicals have its own Technical Director that can be contacted directly by SAG. This Technical Director cannot work for more than one company in this area. Rule 1557/2014 establishes 3 ways to apply for registration: identity (mostly molecule-based), equivalence and special authorizations for research purposes. The most used way is identity. Up today no registration based on equivalence has been made and there is no clear date when SAG will allow to register based on equivalence because they are waiting to have enough registration to make this procedure feasible.

Last modified: 03/09/2019

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