Module 4: Applying the Principles of Pesticide Label Review
Table Of Contents
- Label Basics
- Parts of the Label
- Special Issues
- Applying the Principles of Pesticide Label Review
- Emerging Issues and Course Completion
Section 6: How should I review advisory statements?
- Describe the characteristics of advisory statements.
- Identify unacceptable advisory language.
Reviewing Advisory Statements
As discussed in Module 1, advisory statements are intended to be informational. They provide information to the product user on such topics as product characteristics and how to reduce risk and maximize efficacy while using the product. Advisory statements must:
- Use factual or nondirective sentences. For example:
- “Latex gloves provide the best protection.”
- Be clearly separated from mandatory statements.
For more information about advisory statements see Chapter 3, Section IV.B of the Label Review Manual (PDF) (17 pp, 887.88, About PDF) and PR Notice 2000-5.
Problematic Advisory Statements
Advisory statements should not conflict with mandatory statements or use terms that could be interpreted as mandatory or ambiguous. Suggestive terms such as “should,” “may” or “recommend” may be confusing or ambiguous, or potentially conflict with mandatory labeling statements; thus, they are to be avoided. EPA realizes that the use of descriptive terms for advisory statements is not appropriate for every situation and that there are times where it may be necessary to use “should,” “may,” “recommend” or similar words; however, in most cases it is best to craft advisory labeling statements in straightforward, factual statements. The most effective advisory statements give the user a specific reason for doing or not doing something.