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The Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) is a statutory body of the Government of Jamaica, mandated through the Pesticides Act of 1975 to regulate, manageand control pesticide usage in Jamaica. Other Acts also impinge on pesticide control, but the Pesticides Act (1975) was legislated to allow for specific control of the pesticide industry.

Embodied within the Pesticides Act (1975) is the formation of a Pesticides Control Authority (PCA). The members of the Board are appointed by the Minister of Health and are made up of representatives from public and private sector organisations who have the expertise required for pesticide related matters. The Board meets monthly and sets the policies to regulate the industry in relation to the importation, manufacture, use, distribution and control of pesticides, among other things.

The Ministry of Health has portfolio responsibility for the Pesticides Control Authority (PCA).

The functions as outlined in the Pesticides Act are:

  • to register pesticides;
  • to licence persons to import or manufacture registered pesticides;
  • to authorize persons to sell restricted pesticides;
  • to register premises in which a restricted pesticide may be sold;
  • to licence pest control operators;
  • to consider and determine applications made pursuant to this Act and to deal with all aspects of the importation, manufacture packaging, preparation for sale, sale, disposal and use of pesticides and to advise the Minister on all matters in relation thereto; and
  • to do such other things as may be expedient or necessary for the proper performance of its functions under this Act.
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