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Pesticide News Story: FIFRA SAP to Consider Scientific Issues Concerning the Draft Product Performance Data for Products Claiming Efficacy against Invertebrate Pests

For Release: March 8, 2013

On March 19-21, 2013, the Pesticide Program will consult the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel to consider scientific issues associated with product performance data that may be needed for the EPA to evaluate the efficacy of pesticide products used to control invertebrate pests. During the 3-day meeting the Panel will focus on data and methodologies being considered to support control of invertebrate pests of significant public health importance such as ticks and mosquitoes. Two other categories under consideration are wood-destroying insects and invasive invertebrate species.

Recent developments in vector-borne diseases, such as the spread of the West Nile virus, outbreaks of dengue in Florida, and epidemic Rocky Mountain spotted fever on Indian Lands, together with the re-emergence of bed bugs in public housing and multifamily dwellings, have signaled the need to assess more carefully the threat of invertebrate pests to public health. Invasive wood destroying insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer or Asian long-horned beetle cause significant economic impacts to homes and native plant species. EPA-registered insecticide products are an important part of pest management programs and consumer efforts to control these pests.

The main topics for consideration by the FIFRA SAP are the science criteria for:

The SAP’s recommendations will be considered as the EPA develops the proposed invertebrate product performance data requirements.

All documents for the SAP meeting (including additional background documents and public comments) will be available at www.regulations.gov in Docket# EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0574 for review and public comments.   

Additional information also can be found on the Scientific Advisory Panel Web page in the Announcements box at: http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap/index.htm.  For more information and meeting-specific inquiries, please contact the Designated Federal Official, Joseph Bailey, at (202) 564-2045 or at bailey.joseph@epa.gov.

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