Reduced Residue Chemistry Data Requirements for Seed-Treatment Uses

EPA, in collaboration with the Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), analyzed seed-treatment residue data that have been submitted to EPA and PMRA. The analysis showed that the data required to support registration could be substantially reduced and still be protective of human health.

EPA is publishing new guidance, including a tiered approach to help manufacturers and EPA determine when the number of field trials can be reduced to register seed treatment uses. EPA created two decision trees detailing the processes: one for potato seed treatments only and another one for all remaining crops. A case study supported the reduction in field trials and demonstrated how the seed-treatment decision trees would affect the ultimate Based on the decision trees, both manufacturers and the agency can potentially save considerable resources in terms of conducting, submitting, and reviewing the studies while still obtaining the data necessary to support seed-treatment pesticide registrations. Continue reading

EPA Requests Comment on Extending the Timeline for Pesticide Applicators Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is requesting comment on a rule to extend the effective date of the Certification and Training rule by 12 months. Comments on this rule can be submitted to docket #EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0183 via www.regulations.gov on or before May 19, 2017, upon publication of the Federal Register.

 

Register for March 9, 2016, Public Meeting on Updating the Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology

On October 30, 2015, under the auspices of the National Science and Technology Council, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy held a public meeting to discuss the memorandum entitled, “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products,” issued by the Executive Office of the President in July 2015. This meeting was the first of three public engagement sessions on this topic. Continue reading