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Maximum Residue Level (MRL) Database

Use this database to find EU pesticide maximum residue levels for trade in or to the UK or other EU countries

This Maximum Residue Level database provides comprehensive information on statutory MRLs applying to pesticides in food set under Regulation (EC) No 396/2005.

MRLs are limits on pesticide residues in food. They are the maximum residue levels likely to be left in food after pesticides are used in accordance with authorised instructions.

Change in the format of this database

A new version of this database was introduced on 3 October 2019.

The data content remains the same as that captured previously, but some changes have been made to the way the data are displayed and the functionality of the search engine to create a more modern structure and improve the user experience.

Please read the guidance below before using this database

Although the database describes legal provisions it has no legal status. MRLs and associated legal provisions are set under Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 and individual Commission implementing Regulations. The information in this database about the MRLs and provisions set under EU Regulations is correct to the best of our knowledge, but you are advised to refer to the text of the EU Regulations concerned for verification.

If a substance comes within the definition of a plant protection product, but specific MRLs have not been included in Annexes II, III or V of Regulation 396/2005, the default MRL of 0.01 mg/kg will apply, unless the substance is exempt from MRLs through listing in Annex IV: Annex IV - active substances exempt from MRLs.

All the content of the database entries should be scrutinised, including links to details and footnote entries. These may contain important information, including the following:

  • the residue definitions that apply when testing foods for compliance with MRLs, including where different residue definitions apply to specific commodities
  • the dates when specific MRLs come into force;
  • any transitional provisions that apply to the marketing of commodities or products treated before the coming in to force of a new MRL;
  • any requirement to submit supplementary information established as a condition of setting an MRL;
  • historical details of how MRLs have changed over time

The Annexes to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

  • Annex I contain a list of products, product groups and (where appropriate) parts of products for which MRLs are set. A full list of these can be found here: Part 1 - set by Regulation 2018/62
  • Annex II contains ‘definitive’ MRLs that have been set for active substances.
  • Annex III contains ‘temporary’ MRLs, set for active substances that are awaiting an MRL review.
  • Annex IV contains the list of evaluated active substances for which MRLs do not apply taking into account the uses of those active substances. A full list of these can be found here: Part 4 - active substances exempt from MRLs
  • Annex V contains a list of default values set for active substances which are not included in Part 2, Part 3 or Part 4 of the MRL register. The value set takes into account the routine analytical methods available.
  • Annex VI of the MRLs register is intended to contain a list of specific concentration or dilution factors set for specified processing operations or processed/composite products. Currently no factors are included.
  • Annex VII contains a list of combinations of active substances and products which exceeds the limits specified in Part 2 and Part 3 when used as a post-harvest fumigant provided that:
    1. such products are not intended for immediate consumption;
    2. appropriate controls are in place to ensure that such products cannot be made available to the end user or consumer, if they are supplied directly to the latter, until the residues no longer exceed the maximum levels specified in Part 2 or 3 of the MRLs register. Further information on Annex VII, describing the active substances and products concerned can be found here: Annex VII - set by Regulation 260/2008

Procedure for reporting problems with the database or suspected errors in its content

If you find an error or something missing on one of the pages of this site, or if you encounter problems with any of our Databases, please follow the instructions below and let us know so that we can correct the problem.

  1. Send an email to CRD.Information.Management@hse.gov.uk providing the following information:
    • Your name
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    • Subject: e.g. MRL Database not loading, data is not showing or other any other question
    • Description
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