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 to access in depth MRL data). A free service is available.
Codex Alimentarius Commission
Pesticide Index – Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards
Maximum Residue Limits for pesticides – Health Canada- Consumer Product Safety
EU - Pesticide database – European Commission – Food safety
Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation – Hong Kong Centre for food safety
Search engine for MRLs – The Japan Food Chemical Research Foundation - List of Agricultural Chemicals in Foods
Pesticides and Veterinary Drugs Information – Food Safety Korea
MPI pesticide maximum residue limit database – New Zealand Food Safety
Food Notice: MRLs for Agricultural Compounds– Ministry for Primary Industries - Requirements for food sold or produced in New Zealand
Pesticide information – Department of Agriculture – Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Malaysia
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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