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Pesticide News Story: New Web Page and Analysis of Conditional Pesticide Registration Data Available

For Release: April 26, 2011

EPA has posted a new Web page, “Conditional Registration,” which outlines the findings of a recent internal review of the use of conditional registrations as part of the registration process for pesticides. The review looked at how conditional registrations are used and the variability in the use of the term conditional registration. Based on the findings, EPA is pursuing some improvements and clarifications.

The review indicates that in the Office of Pesticide Programs Information Network data system and in some program materials, the Agency has used the term “conditional registration” to describe a variety of actions. Some of them fall within the narrow scope of the Section 3(c)(7) Conditional Registration provision of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Other actions, such as requiring label changes, are authorized by other sections of FIFRA. In the future, such actions will be differently and more accurately identified to eliminate potential confusion with the actions taken under the conditional registration criteria of the pesticide law.

The Agency’s review of the data submitted for these conditional registrations has not justified a change in either the initial risk assessments or the risk management label conditions

Based upon this analysis, the Agency plans to take steps to improve the tracking of actions and more accurately describe conditional registrations and similar actions. EPA believes this will promote consistency, enhance transparency and create better understanding of the role of conditional registrations and related actions in the national pesticide program.

To view the new web page, please visit Conditional Registration at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/conditional-registration.html

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