EPA Revises Minimum Risk Pesticide Exemption Criteria (January 2016)

EPA’s recent Final rule clarifies the active and inert substances on the minimum risk, FIFRA Section 25(b), pesticide ingredient list as well as the way these ingredients can be labeled on products. Minimum risk pesticides are a special class of products that do not require registration with EPA due to the fact that their ingredients pose little to no risk to human health. These products, however, are registered by many of the states.

The final ruling will implement changes including:

▲ Redesigning the format of the active ingredient list

▲ Codifying the list of permitted inert ingredients

▲ Providing specific CAS Numbers for each eligible active and inert ingredient

▲ Requiring a common “label display name” be used for each ingredient whenever it is listed on the label

▲ Requiring the name and contact information of the producer on the label. 

EPA’s revisions announced in a December 28, 2015 Federal Register notice are aimed at correctly describing the chemical substances, both active and inert, that may be used to formulate minimum risk pesticides. EPA believes these changes will benefit manufacturers and consumers alike, as the procedures outlined aim to provide clearer guidance regarding the criteria that must be met for a product to be classified as a minimum risk pesticide.

Companies producing new minimum risk pesticides must comply with the new requirements. EPA has established a 3-year period for companies currently selling minimum risk pesticides to comply with the Final rule for products in the marketplace.

For more information on the EPA Final Rule on FIFRA 25(b) mininum risk pesticide ingredients and labels see:
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0305-0047 and http://www.epa.gov/minimum-risk-pesticides.


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