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Module 1: Label Basics

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  1. Label Basics
  2. Parts of the Label
  3. Special Issues
  4. Applying the Principles of Pesticide Label Review
  5. Emerging Issues and Course Completion

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Section 5: What are the types of labels and labeling?

Supplemental Labeling

Supplemental labeling includes labels that contain newly approved uses, use directions, or other instructions that have been added since the last accepted master label. These new uses and directions are incorporated into the EPA master label, but because they are not on those products already in the channels of trade, they are distributed with the product by the registrant or distributors. Because these are partial labels, they must include a statement referring the user to the product label for complete directions and precautions, and a statement that the labeling must be in the possession of the user. The user must follow the supplemental label, the productís container label, and all other labeling that comes with the product in order to apply it in a way that reduces risk and maximizes efficacy.

The supplemental labeling must be submitted and stamped “accepted” by EPA prior to distribution. EPA requires that these labels include the following information:

Normally, supplemental labeling will be incorporated into the affixed label at the next printing of the product label or within 18 months. The Agency recommends an expiration date of 18 months after acceptance on supplemental labels. However, this might not be done in all cases, for example, if the directions for use are subject to continual, frequent change.

To see an example of supplemental labeling, click here. (2 pp, 52K, About PDF)


For more details about supplemental labeling, see Chapter 3, Section IV.D of the Label Review Manual (PDF) (17 pp, 887.88, About PDF).

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