The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
EPA Announces Request for Applications for the National Pesticide Information Center Cooperative Agreement (PDF) (32 pp 156.09k about PDF). Updates to the Cooperative Agreement are available in the RFA Amendment (PDF) (3 pp 16.90k about PDF) and Amendment 2 (PDF) (1 p 9.98k about PDF. Question and Answers for 2013 NPIC Request for Applications (PDF) (2 pp 37.36k about PDF)
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) is operated under a cooperative agreement program of the EPA, supporting a toll-free telephone service and extensive website providing impartial information about pesticides across the United States. Oregon State University is the recipient of the current cooperative agreement, with the program located at OSU in Corvallis, Oregon.
NPIC provides objective, science-based information on pesticides to the general public and the medical and veterinary professional communities in areas including:
- Pesticide product information
- Resources on the recognition and management of pesticide poisonings
- Environmental chemistry
- Safety practices
- Health and environmental effects
- Clean-up and disposal
The National Pesticide Information Center welcomes questions from the public and professionals. It is staffed by highly qualified pesticide specialists who have the toxicology and environmental chemistry training needed to provide knowledgeable answers to questions about pesticides in a user-friendly manner. Staff are adept at explaining scientific information to the lay public. Pesticide specialists can:
- help callers interpret and understand toxicology and environmental chemistry information about pesticides;
- access pesticide label information;
- provide referrals for laboratory analyses, investigation of pesticide incidents, identification of pests, clean-up and disposal and emergency treatment; and
- supply general information on the regulation of pesticides in the United States.