On October 14, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft guidance that specifies efficacy testing requirements for supplemental residual antimicrobial products and residual disinfectants, the latter including products with claims against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. For more information on EPA’s draft guidance, click here
On October 7, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that, in a continuing effort to reduce animal testing, the Agency is soliciting public input on draft guidance that would permit researchers to waive toxicity tests on animal skin in certain circumstances.
For more information on EPA’s proposed guidance, click here
On March 27, 2019, EPA announced the availability of the long-awaited draft guidance document for plant regulator and plant biostimulant claims. The draft guidance, entitled “Guidance for Plant Regulator Label Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants,” is open for comment until May 28, 2019.
The document is intended to provide clarity with regard to label statements considered to be plant regulator claims and, therefore, subject to regulation as a pesticide. Additionally, it provides useful information for producers of plant biostimulant products of the types of claims EPA has determined will not be subject to registration at the federal level.
The draft guidance document can be found here.
On Friday, March 8, 2019, the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018 (PRIA 4) was signed into law. This new legislation reauthorizes PRIA for five years through fiscal year 2023, and updates the fee collection provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This legislation also reflects changes to some registration fee categories and timeframes, and preserves some fee waivers for small businesses. PRIA 4 is effective as of the date of signature (March 8, 2019).
A Continuing Resolution was signed on January 25, 2019 to further extend PRIA 3 through February 15, 2019. As a result, EPA has the authority to collect maintenance fees (as specified in PRIA 3), and PRIA Registration Service fees at the fiscal year 2017 levels through February 15, 2019.
Due to EPA’s late mailing of the 2019 annual pesticide registration maintenance fee information, and the U.S. Government shutdown, EPA has extended the deadline to submit maintenance fees and appropriate registration renewal forms. The original deadline was January 15, 2019. The new deadline is February 15, 2019
UPDATE: see January 30, 2019 posting above regarding the extension of PRIA 3.
Because the US Congress did not include reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) in the recently-passed Farm Bill, PRIA 3 expired on December 21, 2018. In accordance with the phase-out provisions described in FIFRA Section 33(m)(2)(B), registration service fees for new applications received after December 21, 2018 will be reduced by 70% from the fiscal year 2017 levels. In addition and unfortunately, such applications will not be subject to the decision review time frames specified in PRIA 3.
EPA operations are currently on hold due to the US government shutdown. Pending change in EPA’s operational status, applications received after December 21, 2018 will be subject to these new provisions, and applications received on or prior to December 21, 2018, will continue to be reviewed under the decision time frames specified in PRIA 3.
EPA has announced that, due to the US government shutdown, any electronic submissions to the Pesticide Submission Portal after December 28, 2018, will not be considered received or processed until after the EPA’s operational work status resumes.
EPA held its PRIA 3 Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting on July 11, 2018. Rick Keigwin, Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), informed attendees that the Agency is experiencing resource challenges (which includes a decrease in OPP staff to below 600 employees) and indicated this is affecting productivity.
Steve Schaible, OPP’s PRIA Coordinator, provided an informative presentation on the following topics:
• PRIA 4 update
• Follow-up from previous Stakeholder Quarterly Meeting
• PRIA 3 summary for Fiscal Year 2018
• PRIA renegotiation rates
• On-time completion rates for Fiscal Year 2018
• Pending non-PRIA fast tracks and notifications
• Fees collected
• Two-day label approval
• Electronic label reviews
• Electronic submissions
• 45/90 preliminary technical screens
Mr. Schaible’s presentation is available here: PRIA 3 Presentation
On March 8, 2018, EPA released final guidance clarifying where first aid statements should appear on the label of pesticide products. The guidance responds to input from states and pesticide registrants. EPA will continue to require Toxicity Category I products to have first aid statements on the front panel of the label, while Toxicity Category II and III products can have these statements on any panel.
To view the guidance document, please click here: Document Summary