Pesticide and Antimicrobial Product Registration in the US


US pesticide RegistrationIn the United States, the overarching regulation on pesticide management is the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act(FIFRA), which specifies the definition of a pesticide as: any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest, or use as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant, as well as any nitrogen stabilizer. On day two of the Chemical Regulatory Annual Conference, Mr. Robert Kiefer from Reach24H USA introduced the regulatory system of pesticide and antimicrobial products in the US.

Overview of Requirements for US Pesticide Registration

Laws and Regulations

All pesticides (including imported pesticide) sold or distributed in the US are required to be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).However, if the substance falls under the category of liquid chemical sterilizing agent, nitrogen stabilizer, human drug, animal drug, animal feeds (vitamin hormone products) or is intended to aid the growth of desirable plants, it is excluded from regulation by FIFRA.

In addition, pesticides are regulated by the EPA under a series of supporting regulations. The name and EPA’s function under associated regulations are summarized as follow:

  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) – requires all pesticides sold or distributed in the U.S. (including imported pesticides) to be registered by EPA
  • Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) – requires EPA to set pesticide residue tolerances for all pesticides used in or on food
  • Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA) – established safety criteria of “reasonable certainty of no harm”, and EPA must review pesticide registrations every 15 years
  • Pesticide Registration Improvement Act of 2003 (PRIA) – established pesticide registration fees and defined Agency  timelines
  • Regulations implementing the pesticide statutes are found at 40 CFR Parts 150 – 189

Overview of Requirements for US Pesticide Registration

Scope of Application & Definitions

There are various ways to determine which products need to be registered with EPA. The regulatory requirements attached to pesticide registration can be determined by the intended use of the pesticide. If a substance has any of the following characteristics it should be registered:

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