For Release: August 8, 2014
EPA is seeking nine registrants to participate in a pilot to develop and submit pesticide labels in an electronic format called SmartLabel instead of as paper or PDF files. Through SmartLabel, the Agency seeks to improve pesticide labels, including making the label approval process more efficient and effective. The SmartLabel can easily be compared to previous versions of the label, ensuring quicker reviews.
The nine registrants must be willing to develop and submit for testing a number of pesticide product labels (around 10 for each participant) that conform to the SmartLabel specifications. EPA is seeking three registrants for each of the following product types:
- conventional pesticides in agricultural products and/or lawn and garden products
- microbial and biochemical pesticides in agricultural and/or mosquito larvicidal products
- antimicrobial pesticides in hospital disinfectant, wood preservative and/or pool products
EPA expects that SmartLabel will be entered into an EPA-developed and maintained database upon submission via an electronic “mailbox.” The SmartLabel will be processed though validation rules and, on approval, will be posted to the Internet for stakeholders. These electronic processes are expected to improve the timeliness of updated label information being publicly available and will also be more efficient than the comparison of paper and PDF labels that EPA currently uses.
Participation in the SmartLabel pilot is voluntary. EPA will offer a training webinar to participating registrants to demonstrate methods for creating the SmartLabel (xml format) and to answer questions.
To be considered for participation, contact Marietta Echeverria at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 305-8578 by September 1, 2014, with the proposed products to be piloted. In addition to the participants, all interested parties will have an opportunity to comment and give feedback.
For more information on EPA’s activities on the SmartLabel, contact Marietta Echeverria (email@example.com), Patty Parrott (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Phil Villanueva (email@example.com).