EPA Extends Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance for COVID-19

On November 19, 2021, EPA announced that, with the ongoing public health concerns of COVID-19, the Agency is indefinitely extending its current Emerging Viral Pathogens (EVP) policy for SARS-CoV-2.  What this means for product registrants is that EPA will now provide at least a six month notice before inactivating any existing EVP guidance for SARS-CoV-2 to allow companies ample time to modify their product marketing literature.  For more information, click here

California DPR fee increase for pesticide registration program

On August 3, 2021, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced plans to proceed with proposed pesticide product registration fee increases via emergency regulation. DPR is planning to keep new product registration fees and product amendment fees at $1,150 and $25, respectively; however, annual registration renewals will increase by 33% to $1,525. For more information, click here

EPA releases revised test guidelines for pesticides used against invertebrate pests

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made final efficacy test guidelines available for pesticides used to control fire ants and invertebrate pests of pets. These revised guidelines provide more detailed testing method and statistical analyses recommendations, as well as test designs for newer product types.

For more information on EPA’s pesticide test guidelines, click here

EPA releases draft guidance to obtain “long-lasting” and “residual” effectiveness claims for antimicrobial products

On October 14, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft guidance that specifies efficacy testing requirements for supplemental residual antimicrobial products and residual disinfectants, the latter including products with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  For more information on EPA’s draft guidance, click here

EPA seeks public comment on draft guidance allowing researchers to forego chemical testing on animal skin

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Agency (EPA) announced that, in a continuing effort to reduce animal testing, the Agency is soliciting public input on draft guidance that would permit researchers to waive toxicity tests on animal skin in certain circumstances.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

Visit with SciReg, Inc. at the BPIA 2020 Annual Meeting and Symposium

SciReg, Inc. looks forward to seeing you at the upcoming BPIA 2020 Annual Meeting and Symposium in Portland, Oregon, March 2-4, 2020.  To arrange a meeting with a SciReg representative at BPIA, please click here, or call (703) 494-6500.

Visit with SciReg, Inc. at the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting in Basel, Switzerland

Jim Damico, President, and Terri Spanogle, Senior Regulatory Specialist, SciReg, Inc., look forward to seeing you at the upcoming 2019 Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) in Basel, Switzerland, October 21-23, 2019.  To arrange a meeting with Jim and/or Terri while at ABIM, please click here, or call (703) 494-6500.

Visit with us at the 35th Society of Quality Assurance Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia

SciReg will be attending the upcoming 35th Society of Quality Assurance (SQA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia April 29 – May 3, 2019.  If you would like to arrange a meeting with a SciReg representative in Atlanta, please click here, or call telephone number (703) 494-6500.

EPA releases draft guidance for plant regulator label claims (including plant biostimulants)

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.

PRIA 4 enacted into law

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).