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Pesticide News Story: EPA Updates Data Requirements for Registration of Antimicrobial Pesticides

For Release: May 8, 2013

The EPA has published in the Federal Register a final rule to revise and update use patterns and data requirements for antimicrobial pesticides. The agency is codifying in part 158 subpart W of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) the data requirements for registering antimicrobial products.

Pesticide products must get pre-market approval.  Robust, mandatory environmental health and safety testing is required before these products can be sold.  Data requirements for pesticides used in agriculture and other pesticides were already updated in 2007. Now with this regulation, data requirements will be updated for antimicrobial pesticides to meet evolving science and ensure pesticide risk management decisions are founded on the best available sound science.

EPA has incorporated into the rule many comments received from stakeholders, government agencies and the general public. Reflecting advances in science and technology since the EPA first published its data requirements in 1984, the standards in the final rule will improve the EPA’s ability to protect human health and the environment. The final rule will also provide increased certainty about the data requirements for antimicrobial pesticides and contribute to a more efficient and transparent registration process.

This rule is another milestone toward the agency’s longer term vision for a paradigm shift to 21st Century science and using integrated approaches to testing and assessment. The final rule can be found at www.regulations.gov in Docket ID # EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0110. The Federal Register Notice of this action published on May 8, 2013, and is available at Docket ID # EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0110-0111 at www.regulations.gov.


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