The U.S. Congress has passed another continuing resolution extending the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA 3) until December 22, 2017. Congress has been working on a replacement for PRIA 3. The new bill, the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act (PRIEA or PRIA 4) remains on hold by Senator Udall (D-NM) due to concerns about EPA’s delay of certain new rules (Worker Protection Standard changes and restricted use pesticide certification/training). Because the bill cannot come to a vote, the new continuing resolution gives additional time to pass PRIEA, or a longer-term continuing resolution for PRIA 3.
SciReg, Inc., will be attending the upcoming 3rd Biostimulants World Congress in Miami, Florida, from November 28-30, 2017. If you would like to arrange a meeting with a SciReg representative in Miami, please contact Jim Damico or Lauren Walker at jdamico@SciReg.com, lwalker@SciReg.com, or by phone at (703) 494-6500.
On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final Guidance for Industry which clarifies that mosquito-related products intended to function as pesticides by preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating mosquitoes, including those products produced by biotechnology, such as genetically engineered mosquitoes, will be regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). FDA will continue to regulate (as drugs), under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), mosquito-related products that are intended to prevent, treat, mitigate, or cure a disease.
Click here to view the final Guidance for Industry #236 – Clarification of FDA and EPA Jurisdiction over Mosquito-Related Products.
SciReg, Inc., will be attending the upcoming BPIA 2017 Fall Meeting & Sustainability Symposium in Orlando, Florida, from October 9-11, 2017. If you would like to arrange a meeting with a SciReg representative in Orlando, please contact Jim Damico or Lauren Walker at jdamico@SciReg.com, lwalker@SciReg.com, or by phone at (703) 494-6500.
On September 8, 2017, a bill was signed that extends the third iteration of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) until December 8, 2017. PRIA was due to expire on September 30, 2017. Originally implemented in 2004, PRIA created a registration service fee system for various applications submitted to EPA, including for pesticide registrations, amended registrations, and tolerance petitions. Government, industry, and environmental stakeholders have been working on, and continue to work on, the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act, a replacement for PRIA.
The Washington Post recently reported that, within the last couple of weeks, nearly 400 employees had left EPA. These employees chose to accept buyouts and early retirement. The administration reported earlier this year that it plans to offer the deals to 1200 EPA employees. This will bring the agency to its smallest employment status since the Reagan administration.
On September 6, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed updates to the long-standing Pesticide Registration (PR) Notice 98-10, “Notifications, Non-notifications and Minor Formulation Amendments.” The PR Notice provides guidance to registrants submitting minor modification that do not require extensive EPA review.
The EPA is accepting comments from all affected parties regarding the proposed updates until December 5, 2017 (originally October 6, 2017). Click here to view and submit comments on the draft proposed PR Notice.
Jim Damico, President of SciReg, Inc., and Terri Spanogle, Senior Regulatory Specialist, will be attending the upcoming 2017 Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) in Basel, Switzerland, October 23 – 25, 2017. If you would like to arrange a meeting with Jim or Terri while in Basel, please contact them at jdamico@SciReg.com, tspanogle@SciReg.com, or by phone at (703) 494-6500.