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Oregon to register FIFRA Section 25(b) minimum risk pesticides in 2011

07/20/2010
Starting in 2011, ODA will require companies to register all Section 25(b) products they are offering for sale or distribution in the State. Section 25(b) pesticides, also known as minimum risk pesticides, are a special class of pesticides that are not subject to federal registration requirements because their ingredients, both active and inert, are demonstrably safe for the intended use. Some examples of allowed ingredients are: cedar oil, corn gluten meal, and mint oil.

Registration requirements


The requirements for initial registration of 25(b) products in Oregon are similar to our requirements for EPA-registered products. We will require submission of:

Application for registration of pesticides (same form as for EPA-registered products);
Registration fee of $160 per product (same fee as for EPA-registered products); and
Copies of each product label for review and acceptance. (Note: We currently require submission of three hard (paper) copies of each label, but hope to have a process in place for accepting electronic submissions for the 2011 registration year.)

We will not require submission of efficacy data, confidential statements of formula (CSF) or Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

Labeling requirements


For registration in Oregon, 25(b) product labels must comply with requirements set forth by EPA in Pesticide Registration (PR) Notice 2000-6, Minimum Risk Pesticides Exempted under FIFRA Section 25(b), Clarification of Issues, May 7, 2000. This includes the PR Notice 2000-6 criteria for acceptable label claims and for acceptable active ingredients, as well as the acceptable “inert” or “other” ingredients on the current list of “Inert Ingredients Eligible for FIFRA Section 25(b) Pesticide Products.” All of these requirements are described on the EPA’s Minimum Risk Pesticides web site:

http://www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/biopesticides/regtools/25b_list.htm

More information will be provided. Our process for registering Section 25(b) products will be finalized during the next three months. During this period, we will be updating our Pesticides Program web site to include information on these new Section 25(b) registration requirements. Also, pesticide manufacturers and registrants will be sent a follow-up notice about these new requirements as the January 1, 2011 registration deadline approaches.

For questions, please contact David Priebe in the ODA Pesticides Program at (503)986-4656 or dpriebe@oda.state.or.us, or visit our web site:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/PEST/index.shtml
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