“EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.”
EPA Laws & Regulations
“EPA regulates the use of pesticides under the authority of two federal statutes: the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).”
EPA Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
“The objective of FIFRA is to provide federal control of pesticide distribution, sale, and use. All pesticides used in the United States must be registered (licensed) by EPA. Registration assures that pesticides will be properly labeled and that, if used in accordance with specifications, they will not cause unreasonable harm to the environment.
US EPA Registration Review Process
“While each pesticide review is unique, FIFRA Section 3(g) directs EPA to establish by regulation procedures for periodically reviewing pesticide registrations, and to complete each pesticide’s registration review no later than every 15 years. The purpose of this review is to assure that a pesticide continues to meet the FIFRA Standard for registration.
Health Canada – Pesticide Management Regulatory Authority
“Pesticides are stringently regulated in Canada to ensure they pose minimal risk to human health and the environment. Health Canada relies on a number of mechanisms to protect health and the environment, and a strict process is followed before pesticides are used on food to safeguard Canadians’ health.”
NPIRS (National Pesticide Information Retrieval System)
“The National Pesticide Information Retrieval System (NPIRS) is a collection of pesticide-related databases available by subscription.” Data Group Management, Inc. can conduct information gathering for its clients via their membership in NPIRS.
OECD – Agricultural Pesticides & Biocides
“The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD Pesticide Registration and Re-registration Project helps governments work together to assess chemical pesticide risks to man and the environment. The assessment of risks is important because it provides the basis for governments’ decisions whether to approve, or “register” new chemical pesticides and whether to renew the registration of old ones. Pesticide producers, who are responsible for testing any pesticide they want to register, usually have to present registration submissions in different formats for different OECD countries. The OECD common format should therefore reduce redundancies in the preparation of submissions by industry.”