Pest control Indicator

If you carry out pest controls with substances and mixtures classified as acutely toxic category 1 to 4 or specifically target organ toxic category 1 or 2 or with mixtures in which those substances are released, or if you wish to resume them after more than one year of interruption, you must notify the competent authority at least six weeks before the start of the first activity.

Insofar as the control is not already regulated by other legal provisions, there is a notification obligation under the Hazardous Substances Ordinance if you

  • professionally with others  or
  • not only occasionally and to a small extent in your own establishment where food is produced, treated or circulated, or
  • in an institution or community institution 2 specified in the Infection Protection Act, such as
    • e.g. in schools, day-care centres, asylum accommodation or prisons, or
    • e.g. in hospitals, day clinics and maternity hospitals

intend to carry out pest control measures using pesticides that are marketable depending on the application

1. as biocidal products in accordance with Section II a of the Chemicals Act or

2. as a plant protection product according to the Plant Protection Act.

1 Substances and mixtures of category 1 are labelled with the hazard pictograms "skull with crossed bones" (GHS06) and the signal word "danger", the H phrase H 300 and the corresponding P phrases, substances and mixtures of category 2 with the hazard pictograms "skull with crossed bones" (GHS06) and the signal word "danger", the H phrase H 300 and the corresponding P phrases, substances and mixtures of category 3 with the hazard pictograms "skull with crossed bones" (GHS06) and the signal word "hazard", the H-phrase H 301 and the corresponding P-phrases as well as substances and mixtures of category 4 with the hazard pictograms "exclamation mark" (GHS07) and the signal word "Achtung", the H-phrase H 302 and the corresponding P-phrases.

2 Community facilities within the meaning of the Infection Protection Act are facilities in which infants, children or adolescents are predominantly cared for, in particular crèches, kindergartens, day-care centres, crèches, schools or other training facilities, homes, holiday camps and similar facilities.

In particular, the notification shall contain the following information:

  1. proof that the company's personnel, space and safety equipment is sufficiently suitable for this work,
  2. the number of persons handling the pesticides,
  3. for pesticides intended for pest control, the
    1. Notation
    2. Properties
    3. mechanisms of action,
    4. Application methods and
    5. decontamination procedures,
  4. the areas of intended pest control and target organisms against which pest control is to be carried out, and
  5. the result of the substitution test in accordance with the Hazardous Substances Ordinance

Notification for the intended use of pesticides in Community facilities in accordance with Annex II TRGS 523.


Pest control shall be carried out in such a way that humans and the environment are not endangered.

The company or pest controller must have a sufficient number of suitable and knowledgeable persons.

A person is suitable if they:

  • is at least 18 years old,
  • has the reliability necessary for the handling of pesticides,
  • can prove that he or she is physically and mentally fit for the handling of pesticides by means of the certificate of a doctor with the territorial designation "occupational medicine" or the additional title "occupational medicine"; the certificate must not be older than five years,
  • is sufficiently proficient in the German language.

A person is considered to be competent if he or she takes the exam

  • to the pest controller or
  • to the recognised degree Certified Pest Controller or
  • has filed as an assistant or master for pest control under no longer applicable law in the Federal Republic of Germany or under the law of the former GDR 

and regularly undergoes further training.

Anyone who has successfully passed an examination or successfully completed training recognised by the competent authority as equivalent to the above-mentioned examinations is also competent.


The use of auxiliary staff presupposes that they are only deployed under the direct and constant supervision of a competent person and that they are demonstrably regularly instructed in accordance with their activities.

In pest control, approval and approval requirements as well as restrictions on use under other legal provisions must also be observed (e.g. Plant Protection Act, Infection Protection Act).

Reference is made to the service description "Fumigants: Notification for intended activities".

Technical Regulation for Hazardous Substances 'Pest control with very toxic, toxic and harmful substances and preparations (TRGS 523)

Related Links

  • § 32 Infection Protection Act (IfSG)
  • § 36 Infection Protection Act (IfSG)
  • § 11 Abs. 3 Hazardous Substances Ordinance (GefStoffV)
  • § 8 Abs. 8 Gefahrstoffverordnung (GefStoffV)
  • § 23 Abs. 5 Infektionsschutzgesetz (IfSG)
  • Annex I No. 3 Hazardous Substances Ordinance (GefStoffV)
  • § 6 Hazardous Substances Ordinance (GefStoffV)

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