Compendium of Pesticide Common Names


Function of the Compendium

This electronic compendium is intended to provide details of the status of all pesticide common names (not just those assigned by ISO), together with their systematic chemical names, molecular formulae, chemical structures and CAS Registry Numbers®. It is designed to function like a database, with several indexes that provide access to the data sheets.

This free access service, originally compiled by Alan Wood, has established itself as the Go-To reference for many in the scientific community. In 2021 the Compendium was handed to the British Crop Production Council (BCPC) to maintain. The service is the perfect complement to BCPC’s Online Pesticide Manual where a wealth of further data are available such as physical, toxicological and ecotoxicological properties, uses, commercial products containing the pesticide, manufacturers, etc.

If you are not familiar with pesticides and their chemistry, then you may find it helpful to read the basic introduction and to look up terms in the glossary.

Pesticide Common Names

The Technical Committee 81 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has devised a system for naming pesticides, with the aim of ensuring that common names indicate similarities between related compounds, do not conflict with any other names, and are suitable for use in many languages. New common names for pest control chemicals are provisionally approved by the Committee, and are then used in the literature and on product labels. These names are equivalent to the generic names of pharmaceuticals.

The Compendium is updated when new ISO common names are provisionally approved. Likewise, the BCPC companion database, the Online Pesticide Manual, is similarly updated whenever a new common name is assigned as well as when new data on any pesticide becomes available. The corresponding Pesticide Manual, is published in hard copy form every 3 years

This compendium does not include trade names or code numbers; many such names and codes for both current as well as obsolete products can be found in the Online Pesticide Manual,

The Compendium includes:

1) Data Sheets

Each data sheet includes the status of the common name, its IUPAC and CAS systematic names, its CAS Registry Number®, its molecular formula, its activity (using terms from the Pesticide Classification lists), notes on alternative names and simple esters and salts of the pesticide, its chemical structure, InChI and InChIKey (generated from commercial chemical structure drawing programs).

CAS Registry Number® is a Registered Trademark of the American Chemical Society.

2) Indexes

The indexes of IUPAC systematic names, Chemical Abstracts systematic names, Registry Numbers, and molecular formulae contain entries for over 350 simple esters and salts, in addition to the entries for their parent compounds.

3) Pesticide Classification

International standards

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