Regulatory Puzzle


FIFRA governs commercially produced pesticides, and provides premanufacturing regulations similar to TSCA. The requirements are largely federal, with little delegation of authority to the states.

The two main regulatory requirements to plan for under FIFRA are:

  1. Registration
  2. Use

1.  Registration

Law: FIFRA Section 3
Regulations: 40 CFR Subchapter E

FIFRA requires that each manufacturer register each pesticide and its label with EPA before it can be manufactured for commercial use. Distribution of any pesticide that is not registered is prohibited. Prospective pesticide manufacturers are required to submit a registration application to EPA, a proposed label, a statement of all claims to be made for the pesticide, directions for its use, a confidential statement of the formula, and a description of the tests which provide the basis for the manufacturer’s claims. In determining whether to register a pesticide, EPA considers economic, social, and environmental costs and benefits of use of the pesticide. Registrations are for a five year period. Reregistration is possible, but will be considered by EPA in light of current data regarding the pesticide.

2.  Use

Law: FIFRA Section 4
Regulations: 40 CFR Subchapter E

Facilities that use pesticides on their premises must comply with the requirements outlined by EPA on each pesticide container label.


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