This page provides web links to databases which contain information on the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) established in Australia and some export markets for industries supported by the National Residue Survey (NRS).

Below this is a section for contract laboratory use, with a link to the list of test chemicals and analyte codes to use when reporting residue results.



Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code (MRL Standard) Instrument 2019*
Food Standards Code – Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Schedule 20 – Australian maximum residue limits (MRLs)*
Schedule 19 – Food Standards Australia New Zealand Contaminants and Natural Toxicants

* When referring to the Standard, users must ensure that the “In force - Latest Version” is used.

USA and international

Global MRL database – A service of Bryant Christie Inc (subscription required for all International MRLs). US MRLs available on Bryant Christie without subscription

Code of Federal Regulation Title 21: Contains US tolerances for all registered veterinary drugs and animal feed additives

Code of Federal Regulation Title 40: Contains US tolerances for all registered pesticides

Codex Alimentarius Commission

Pesticide Index – Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards database

Pesticides and Veterinary drugs – The FAO Food Safety Collaborative Platform provides access to a number of FAO datasets


Maximum Residue Limits for pesticides – Health Canada- Consumer Product Safety

List of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Veterinary Drugs in Foods – Health Canada- Drugs and Health products

European Union

EU - Pesticide database – European Commission – Food safety

EU – Veterinary Drugs MRLs – EUR-Regulation on Veterinary Drugs

Hong Kong

Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation – Hong Kong Centre for food safety

Harmful Substances in Foods – Hong Kong regulation for Veterinary Drugs in foods


Search engine for MRLs – The Japan Food Chemical Research Foundation - List of Agricultural Chemicals and Veterinary Drugs in Foods

South Korea

Pesticides and Veterinary Drugs Information – Food Safety Korea

New Zealand

Maximum residues Levels for Agricultural compounds and other contaminants (Veterinary drugs) – New Zealand Food Safety

Food Standards Code – Food Standards Australia New Zealand


Pesticide information – Department of Agriculture – Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Malaysia


FSSAI Legislation – Food Safety Standards Authority India - Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulation, 2011


Standards for Pesticide Residue Limits in Foods – Taiwan Food and Drug Administration


Agriculture database – Minister of Agriculture Regulations


GSO standard Store – GCC Standardisation Organisation


BAFS Website – Bureau of Agriculture – Approved Philippine National Standards


Thai Agriculture standard - National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards


Regulations on maximum residue levels of pesticide in food – Vietnam Law website


General Administration of Customs – Government Department

Other links

For more information or where the English version is not available

For NRS contract laboratories only – uploading analytical results

Please consult the List of NRS chemicals tested for the appropriate analyte code to use when uploading analytical residue results to the NRS Information Management System (IMS).


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Disclaimer: Although the Australian Government has exercised due care and skill in the preparation and compilation of this publication, it does not warrant its accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability for any purpose. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Australian Government disclaims all liability including liability in negligence for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred by persons as a result of accessing, using or relying upon any of the information or data set out in this publication. Before relying on the material in any matters, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for the purposes intended, and should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances.

Last reviewed: 11 August 2021
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