WASHINGTON, DC, July 22,
2005 (ENS): To ensure that pesticide registrations continue
to meet current health and safety standards, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a proposal
to review each existing pesticide registration every 15 years.
This new registration review program, mandated by the Food Quality
Protection Act, will begin in 2006 and make sure that older pesticides
will still meet the statutory standard of no unreasonable adverse
In developing this program over the past several years, EPA consulted
with and received significant input from the Pesticide Program Dialogue
Committee and other key stakeholders regarding the design of registration
The Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee includes members of federal,
state and tribal agencies, agri-business and chemical industry representatives
and people from environmental groups such as the Natural Resources
Defense Council, American Bird Conservancy, and Defenders of Wildlife.
Under the proposed process, the EPA would assess any changes that
have occurred since the agency's last registration decision on the
pesticide. EPA would determine the significance of such changes
and whether additional restrictions are needed to ensure that the
pesticide meets current requirements under the Federal Insecticide,
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
Registration review will replace the reregistration and tolerance
reassessment programs which are nearing completion. As in those
programs, the registration review process would allow for public
participation, but unlike those "one-time reassessment"
programs, registration review will reoccur for each pesticide every
During the 90 day comment period for this proposal, the agency
will hold public information meetings on the proposed rule.
For additional information on the registration review rulemaking,
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