The Pesticide Analytical and Response Center (PARC) was created by executive order in 1978. The program was reauthorized under ODA as ORS 634.550, in 1991.
PARC is mandated to perform the following activities with regard to pesticide-related incidents in Oregon that have suspected health or environmental effects:
- Collect incident information
- Mobilize expertise for investigations
- Identify trends and patterns of problems
- Make policy or other recommendations for action
- Report results of investigations
- Prepare activity reports for each legislative session
PARC does not have regulatory authority. The primary function is to coordinate investigations to collect and analyze information about reported incidents. Member agencies conduct most of the investigations and take any necessary enforcement action(s).
Investigation coordination includes collecting reports produced by member agencies and consultation as necessary with a toxicologist with Oregon State University. Other governmental bodies may also participate in the reporting or investigation of an incident. PARC board representatives Memorandum of agreements