Pesticide News Story: New Pilot Project to Test Pesticide Users’ Interest in Obtaining Labeling Via the Internet
For Release: August 27, 2010
EPA is inviting organizations to work with the Agency to conduct a “User Acceptance Pilot” to research the extent to which pesticide users would accept a system requiring them to obtain labeling via the internet. We believe that web-distributed labeling has the potential to improve compliance with labeled use instructions by making pesticide labels easier to read and comprehend. Web-distributed labeling would accomplish this, in part, by only providing instructions for the location and intended use that the pesticide user specifies online.
If such a system was ultimately implemented, we would expect to see:
- faster access to new pesticide uses
- quicker implementation of public health and environmental protective measures
- lower costs for industry and EPA
To test the viability of online pesticide labeling, the Agency published a Federal Register Notice on August 18, 2010 inviting participation in the pilot. Stakeholders should notify EPA of their interest in participating no later than September 17, 2010. Our goal is to have all User Acceptance Pilot websites ready for users to test by October 15, 2010.
For more information, please see http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/labels/distribution/.