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Pesticide Registration in Indonesia

All pesticides that are distributed, stored, and commercialized in Indonesia must undergo pesticide registration and obtain permits from the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia. The "Regulation of the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia Number 43 of 2019" sets forth the latest framework for pesticide regulation in Indonesia. This regulation provides definitions for pesticides, sets the registration process, and establishes criteria for various types of permits, such as trial, permanent, and temporary pesticide permits. Moreover, the regulation categorizes pesticides based on their active ingredients, hazards, and intended scope of use. It also outlines procedures for sample collection, testing, re-registration, and the expansion of pesticide use scope.

Definition of Pesticides in Indonesia

In Indonesia, pesticides are defined as chemicals and other materials as well as microorganisms and viruses that are used to:

  1. eradicate or prevent pests and diseases that damage crops, parts of plants, or agriculture;

  2. eradicate grasses;

  3. kill leaves and prevent unwanted growth;

  4. regulate or stimulate plant growth or parts of plants not including fertilizer;

  5. eradicate or prevent external pests in domestic animals and livestock;

  6. eradicate or prevent water pests;

  7. eradicate or prevent animals and microorganisms in the household, buildings and transportation equipment; and / or

  8. eradicate or prevent animals that can cause disease in humans or animals that need to be protected by use in plants, soil or water. 

Main Pesticide Regulations in Indonesia

Who Shall Register?

Any individual intending to distribute, store, or engage in commercial sale of pesticides in Indonesia must obtain the necessary permits from the Ministry of Agriculture in Indonesia.

The term "registrant" refers to the local legal entity that submits the application for pesticide registration and licensing. Foreign companies cannot directly apply for pesticide registration permits and must do so via the appointment of an attorney/representative of an Indonesian legal entity.

The list of registered pesticides in Indonesia can be searched via the link below:

Pesticide Registration Types and Validity

In Indonesia, pesticide registrations can be divided into the following types:

  • trial permit (1 year, may be extended 2 (two) times for a period of 1 (one) year each)

  • permanent permit (5 years)

  • temporary permit (no later than 1 (one) year)

Pesticides with trial permit are prohibited from being distributed and/or used commercially. Companies usually apply for trial permit first and apply for permanent permit afterwards.

Registration Data Requirements in Indonesia

Pesticide registration applicant shall submit required registration data to agriculture authority according to relevant product registration type, which typically includes test reports on product chemistry, toxicology, environment, efficacy, sample labels, et. of submitted documents. Detailed information requirement is listed in Article 17 and Article 18 (trial permit application), and in Article 30 to 32 (permanent permit application) of the regulation “Regulation of the Minister of Agriculture Number 43 Tahun 2019 on registration of pesticide”.

Registration Evaluation Process

The pesticide registration application is made online. The Central Chief will give its response to reject or accept within a maximum period of 3 (three) working days after receiving a complete application for Pesticide Registration and finishing checking the completeness and accuracy of the administrative requirements. Technical assessment will be conducted based on different registration types. The Pesticides commission technical team will have periodic meetings of at least 1 (one) time in 1 (one) month to approve the products that have completed the technical review.

Estimated Costs and Timelines

It typically takes 18 months up to 2 years to register a formulated pesticide product in Indonesia. Registration costs depend on registration types and test data requirements. 

Our Services

We provide one-stop solutions to help you comply with pesticide regulation in Indonesia and ASEAN. 

Our services include:

  • Pesticide registration;

  • Registration budget, cost control and registration strategy;

  • Data evaluation and gap analysis;

  • Testing coordination;

  • Dossier preparation and submission;

  • Local representation;

  • Label preparation and review;

  • Renewal of pesticide registration certificate;

  • Advice and training on pesticide production permit.

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