Compendium of Pesticide Common Names


What is the function of the Compendium?

There is no official mechanism for announcing new ISO names when they are provisionally approved, and there can be a delay of several years before names are finally approved and published in an ISO Standard. Probably the only printed document that includes all of the ISO common names is The Pesticide Manual, but this is published at intervals of 3–4 years.

This electronic compendium is intended to provide details of the status of all pesticide common names, together with their systematic chemical names, molecular formulae, structural formulae and CAS Registry Numbers®. It is designed to function like a database, with several indexes that provide access to the data sheets. The Compendium is updated each time that new common names are provisionally approved, and whenever names are finally approved and published in a standard or an amendment.

If you are not familiar with pesticides and their chemistry, then you may find it helpful to read the basic introduction and to look up terms in the the glossary.

This compendium is not intended to include trade names or code numbers; many trade names for current products can be found in The Pesticide Manual.

The Compendium includes:

1) Data sheets

Each data sheet includes the status of the common name, its IUPAC and CAS systematic names, its CAS Registry Number®, its molecular formula, its activity (using terms from the Classified lists of pesticides), notes on alternative names and simple esters and salts, its structural formula, and its InChI identifier (generated from structures drawn in the free version of ChemSketch from Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc. (ACD/Labs)).

CAS Registry Number® is a Registered Trademark of the American Chemical Society.

2) Indexes

The indexes of IUPAC systematic names, Chemical Abstracts systematic names, Registry Numbers, and molecular formulae contain entries for over 350 simple esters and salts, in addition to the entries for their parent compounds.

3) Pesticide classification

How are pesticides named?

Technical Committee 81 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has devised a system for naming pesticides, with the aim of ensuring that common names indicate similarities between related compounds, do not conflict with any other names, and are suitable for use in many languages. New common names for pest control chemicals are provisionally approved each year by the Committee, and are then used in the literature and on product labels. These names are equivalent to the generic names of pharmaceuticals.

International standards

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