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How can I register a biopesticide?

“Before a pesticide can be marketed and used in the United States, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) requires that EPA evaluate the proposed pesticide to assure that its use will not pose unreasonable risks of harm to human health and the environment. This regulation involves an extensive review of health and safety information.

Biopesticides include naturally occurring substances that control pests (biochemical pesticides), microorganisms that control pests (microbial pesticides), and pesticidal substances produced by plants containing added genetic material (plant-incorporated protectants) or PIPs.” Additional information on regulating biopesticides may be found through EPA’s Office of Pesticide (OPP) Programs: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/

The federal pre-marketing approval of pesticides - termed Registration - is a complex process. This page contains links to general registration information: Biopesticide Registration Tools: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/regtools/index.htm

For more information, you may contact the Biochemical Pesticides Branch. Contacts are listed on their website: http://www2.epa.gov/pesticide-contacts/contacts-office-pesticide-programs-biopesticides-and-pollution-prevention#bpb

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for protecting American agriculture against pests and diseases. APHIS' Biotechnology Regulatory Services regulates the introduction (importation, interstate movement, and release into the environment) of genetically engineered organisms that may pose a risk to plant health: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/biotechnology

You can find out about the roles of other agencies in the regulation of agricultural biotechnology at:

Additional frequently asked questions on pesticides may be found through the EPA Pesticides Support portal: http://pesticides.supportportal.com/

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  • Topic #: 23002-16415
  • Date Created: 07:18:2006
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