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Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals (ICAMA), Ministry of Agriculture

DATE:2013-04-17       SOURCE:MOA

The Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals, Ministry of Agriculture (ICAMA) was established in 1963 as an institution affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). ICAMA, as mandated by MOA, specializes in nationwide pesticide registration and administration with the main responsibilities for registration, quality control, bioassay and residue monitoring of pesticides, supervision of pesticide markets, information-sharing, international cooperation and other services. Presently, ICAMA is backed by a team of nearly 100 in-service personnel, of which 90% have received college or higher education, and 30% have associate senior professional titles or above. ICAMA has 4,000 m2 of labs, and advanced instruments and equipments for various tests on pesticides. It is designated as the national supervision and inspection center for pesticide quality and residue control.

Since the establishment of ICAMA, particularly in the past three decades of reform and opening, under the leadership of the Party Committee of MOA, tremendous efforts have been made in pesticides administration including: drafting and facilitating the promulgation of the Regulation on the Control of Agrochemicals, which is the first of its kind in pesticide management, gradually perfecting the pesticide registration system that fits China’s national conditions and complies with international practices, establishing pesticide control system and pesticide trial and testing system, training a large number of professionals in lab and administration, drafting of or involving in the development of national and industrial pesticide specifications that are tailored to the actual working requirements, research in pesticide testing methods and techniques, introduction and selection of a large number of new pesticide products, monitoring of pesticide residues in agricultural products nationwide, and intensifying efforts in international cooperation and exchange in pesticide technologies and management. All these activities have contributed to improving pesticide management, regulating pesticides markets, promoting farm-product safety, ensuring bumper harvests, and conserving eco-environment.

At presentpesticide administration is faced with emerging challenges and new tasks, i.e. a new stage for agricultural development, concerns about farm-product safety, increasing demand for eco-environment protection and new requirements for pesticide control brought forward by China’s accession to the WTO. In the context of the new situation and tasks, in terms of guiding principles, the focus of pesticides administration has expanded from quality management to both quality and safety management. While pesticide registration and market access regulation remain at the core of ICAMA’s work, the Institute has also included pesticide market supervision, guidance on pesticide application and pesticides residue monitoring into the priorities of its daily work.

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