Compendium of Pesticide Common Names

General Background


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Additional Information

Additional data on many pesticides are available in the BCPC Online Pesticide Manual. Such data include, where available, physical, toxicological and ecotoxicological properties of pesticides, uses, commercial products containing the pesticide, manufacturers, Resistance Action Committee identifiers and codes, target site of action, etc. A print version of The Pesticide Manual is also available.

Analytical methods

Analytical methods for some pesticides are available from the Collaborative International Pesticides Analytical Council (CIPAC)) and from the US EPA Pesticide Analytical Methods and US EPA Environmental Chemistry Methods (ECM).

Origin of common names

Common names for pesticides are normally proposed by the original manufacturer, and submitted to ISO TC/81 for approval, following the procedures in ISO 257 Pesticides and other agrochemicals – Principles for the selection of common names.

Pesticide Resistance

Additional information on the coding system used for classification of pesticides by biochemical site of action is available from the various Resistance Action Committees.

Sources of Information

Some information in the Compendium comes from submissions to ISO TC/81 by pesticide manufacturers. Other comes from a range of published and unpublished material.

Trade Names

The Compendium does not contain the trade names of pesticides. Many trade names for both current as well as obsolete products can be found in the Online Pesticide Manual.


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