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Pesticide News Story: EPA Issues Final Harmonized Product Performance Test Guidelines for Public Health Uses of Antimicrobial Pesticide Products

For Release: June 28, 2012

EPA has issued a Federal Register Notice of Availability for three guidelines for the Series 810 – Product Performance Test Guidelines for Public Health Uses of Antimicrobial Agents. These test guidelines represent an Agency effort to harmonize the test guidelines within the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), as well as to harmonize the OCSPP test guidelines with those of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The process for developing and amending the test guidelines, which began in 1991, includes public participation and extensive involvement of the scientific community.

The three final guidelines are:

On March 16, 2012, EPA issued four final product performance guidelines sections (OCSPP 810.2000 - General Considerations for Public Health Uses of Antimicrobial Agents; OSCPP 810.2100 – Sterilants; OSCPP 810.2200 – Disinfectants; and OSCPP 810.2300 - Sanitizers). EPA is now issuing another three final sections.

Companies seeking to register a pesticide must submit studies to EPA that satisfy the data requirements of the pesticide statute (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act). EPA recommends that companies follow the Harmonized Test Guidelines because they provide helpful guidance about conducting the studies.

The Federal Register Notice of this action was published on June 27, 2012, and is available along with the final guidelines at www.regulations.gov in docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0681.

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