The APVMA reviewed the use of monocrotophos because of concerns about agricultural workers’ health and potential environmental effects. The review found that monocrotophos is toxic to aquatic invertebrates, birds and mammals.
No products containing monocrotophos are currently registered for use in Australia.
Monocrotophos has been listed as a chemical subject to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (the Rotterdam Convention). Australia became a party to the convention on 18 August 2004.
Prior informed consent promotes a shared responsibility between exporting and importing countries in protecting human health and the environment from the potentially harmful effects of certain hazardous chemicals that are being traded internationally. It allows countries to make informed decisions about the chemicals they import and contributes to the management of chemical risk.