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Pesticide News Story: PPDC Workgroup Meeting on PRIA Process Improvement

For Release: April 12, 2011

On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will host the 16th meeting of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act (PRIA 2) Process Improvement Workgroup, a subgroup of the Agency's Federal Advisory Committee, the PPDC (Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee). The objective of this workgroup is to identify and evaluate potential reforms to the pesticide registration process and improve its efficiency and the quality of its assessments.

The agenda is available at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc/pria/index.html. Presentations will be made by representatives from the pesticide industry on tools that they have developed for their risk assessments, software to compare labels, processes that registrants use to quality check their submissions, and their training programs to improve the quality of their submissions. The Agency will discuss how it plans to implement a fragrance notification process, comments on the Label Review Manuel, software being developed for registrants to draft and submit an electronic summary of a scientific study, and process improvements being undertaken by the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division.

The meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Rooms N4830, on the fourth floor of the Potomac Yard North building, located at 2733 S. Crystal Drive (Two Potomac Yard), Arlington, VA. For directions, please go to http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/contacts/officelocation.htm. Contact Elizabeth Leovey (leovey.elizabeth@epa.gov, 703-305-7328) with questions and for instructions on how to participate by teleconference.

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