Cockroach Allergens, Baits and the Sweet Science of Glucose Aversion

The Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a webinar on Cockroach Allergens, Baits and the Sweet Science of Glucose Aversion.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Join us and learn from the cockroach whisperer. A live Q/A will follow after the webinar. Get your questions answered. Continue reading

EPA Registers the Wolbachia ZAP Strain in Live Male Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

On November 3, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency registered a new mosquito biopesticide – ZAP Males® – that can reduce local populations of the type of mosquito (Aedes albopictus, or Asian Tiger Mosquitoes) that can spread numerous diseases of significant human health concern, including the Zika virus.

ZAP Males® are live male mosquitoes that are infected with the ZAP strain, a particular strain of the Wolbachia bacterium. Infected males mate with females, which then produce offspring that do not survive. (Male mosquitoes do not bite people.) With continued releases of the ZAP Males®, local Aedes albopictus populations decrease. Wolbachia are naturally occurring bacteria commonly found in most insect species. Continue reading

Upcoming Environmental Modeling Public Meeting on Assessing Exposure and Risk to Pollinators & Plants

On October 18, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency will hold an Environmental Modeling Public Meeting. This meeting provides a public forum for EPA and its stakeholders to discuss current issues related to modeling pesticide fate, transport, and exposure for pesticide risk assessments in a regulatory context. The focus of this meeting will be on “assessing exposure and risk to pollinators and plants,” and also includes additional modeling and exposure related presentations.

Pollinator presentations will address scientific issues related to managed and unmanaged bees, including colony simulations in a risk assessment context. Plant presentations include a description of a terrestrial and wetland plant exposure model and an evaluation of historical variability in seedling emergence and vegetative vigor control data. Additional modeling/exposure presentations examine a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic pesticide exposure models. Continue reading

FDA Issues Final Guidance Clarifying FDA and EPA Jurisdiction over Mosquito-Related Products

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized guidance to provide information on FDA and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jurisdiction over the regulation of mosquito-related products intended to function as pesticides, including those produced through the use of biotechnology.

Read more: https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm578420.htm

Methods and Guidance for Testing the Efficacy of Antimicrobials against Spores of Clostridium difficile

EPA is announcing the availability of test methods for evaluating the efficacy of antimicrobial pesticides against Clostridum difficile as well as regulatory guidance for pesticidal claims for those products. These test methods and guidance provide a framework for registrants who seek to make a claim for antimicrobial pesticide products to control these spores on hard, non-porous surfaces.

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the registrant of an antimicrobial product with a public health claim is required to submit efficacy data to EPA in support of the product’s registration.   Continue reading

EPA Guidance on Managing Pesticide Resistance

EPA has released two Pesticide Registration Notices (PRNs) aimed at combating pesticide resistance.

  • PRN 2017-1, “Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Pesticide Resistance Management Labeling” offers general guidance on resistance management labeling for all conventional agricultural insecticides, fungicides and herbicides.
  • PRN 2017-2, “Guidance for Herbicide Resistance Management Labeling, Education, Training, and Stewardship” focuses specifically on herbicides and provides guidance on labels, terms of registration, education, training and stewardship.

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Virtual Meeting on the Charge Questions for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) Meeting on Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Modeling

The Agency will soon publish a Federal Register Notice announcing the virtual FIFRA SAP meeting on the charge questions on PBPK at http://www.regulations.gov.

This meeting is open to the public. Registration is required. To register, please visit https://www.epa.gov/sap/virtual-meeting-clarify-pbpk-charge-questions on or before noon, September 27, 2017, or contact the Designated Federal Official, Dr. Marquea D. King, via email:  king.marquea@epa.gov or telephone: 202-564-3626. Requests to make oral comments should be submitted during registration on or before noon September 27, 2017. Written comments on the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions should also be submitted to the docket (EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0180) by noon on September 27, 2017. All materials discussed during this virtual meeting along with the agenda will be posted at https://www.epa.gov/sap.    Continue reading