Compendium of Pesticide Common Names

For purposes of trade, registration and legislation, and for use in popular and scientific publications, pesticides need names that are short, distinctive, non-proprietary and widely-accepted. Systematic chemical names are rarely short and are not convenient for general use, and so standards bodies assign common names to the active ingredients of pesticides.

More than 1100 of these official common names for pesticides have been assigned by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This Compendium is believed to be the only place where all of the ISO-approved standard names of chemical pesticides are listed.

The Compendium contains much more than ISO common names, with nomenclature data sheets for more than 1700 different active ingredients and for more than 350 ester and salt derivatives, made accessible by a comprehensive set of indexes and a classification.

Table of Contents
Introduction Browser requirements
Index of all common names Index of non-ISO common names
Index of new ISO common names Index of updated data sheets
Index of IUPAC systematic names Index of IUPAC PINs
Index of CAS systematic names Index of CAS Registry Numbers®
Index of molecular formulae Index of simple esters and salts
HAIC index of molecular formulae KLIC index of common names
Pesticide classification E-mail alerting service   RSS icon
FAQ Site map
Hints and Tips Introduction for non-chemists
Naming of simple esters and salts Links
Copyright, Terms and Conditions Accessibility (access keys)
Catalogue par noms communs français Индекс Русский общих имен
索引农药中文通用名称 British pronunciation of common names

Data sheets for new ISO common names are normally added within 2–3 weeks after provisional approval by ISO Technical Committee 81, which is responsible for ISO 1750.



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The inclusion of a pesticide name in this Compendium must not be interpreted as a recommendation for the use of the substance in agriculture or in any other field.

It is essential to follow the instructions on the label before handling, storing or using any pesticide, and to comply with the requirements of the appropriate regulatory authority.

The information in this Compendium must not be used as a substitute for either Material Safety Data Sheets or labels on commercial pesticides.


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