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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. (Found:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/

For information on registering biopesticides, please see the following Webpages:

Regulating Biopesticides:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/ 

Biopesticide Registration Tools:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/regtools/index.htm
“The federal pre-marketing approval of pesticides - termed Registration - is a complex process. This page contains links to general registration information - usually from the Pesticides site plus links to pages that provide additional registration information specific to Biopesticides”.


For more information you can contact the Biological/Biochemical Products Ombudsman:

Nicole Berckes
berckes.nicole@epa.gov
703-308-0152

Additional contacts in the Biochemical Pesticides Branch are listed at:
http://www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/biopesticides/contacts_bppd.htm

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.

APHIS - Biotechnology Home Page:
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:
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=biotech-plants.xml 

Here is a related FAQ on registering conventional pesticides that may be of interest:

Title: How can I register a pesticide?  Where can I locate information about pesticide reregistration?
URL: http://publicaccess.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23012&task=knowledge&questionID=16418 

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  • Topic #: 23002-16415
  • Date Created: 7/18/2006
  • Last Modified Since: 8/7/2014
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