The Pesticide Analytical and Response Center (PARC) was created by executive order in 1978. The program was reauthorized under the Oregon Department of Agriculture (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, and prepare activity reports for each legislative session.
PARC does not have regulatory authority. Their 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). The eight member agencies include the following: Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODF&W), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR OSHA), Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM), Oregon Poison Center (OPC), Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).
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.
Pesticide incident response information
Agencies clarify response to pesticide incidents
Oregon Department of Agriculture news release News release
Coordinating Oregon's Response to Pesticide Incidents
Details about PARC-member agencies' standard operating procedures. Document
PARC Member Agencies' SOP Summaries
Abbreviated look at PARC members' standard operating procedures. Document
Concerned About a Pesticide Application?
What to do and whom to call if exposed or concerned about pesticides. Document
What To Do If You Are Exposed to Pesticides
A list of steps to take if you are exposed to pesticides. Document
Request for Pesticide Information from a Health Care Professional
Pesticide use request form for health care providers treating patients exposed to pesticides. Submit to PARC when completed via fax, 503-986-4735, or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Document
PARC community member application
PARC Public Member Application and Qualification Form
The PARC Board accepts applications for the Community Member position even though the position may currently be filled. The term for the Community Member board position is two years and will next expire June 30, 2015. Document
PARC board representatives
PARC meeting agendas and materials
Next PARC meeting
Sept. 16: 9 a.m., Oregon Department of Agriculture, 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem
2015 PARC meeting schedule
Nov. 18: 9 a.m., Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland
PARC biennial reports
National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use. NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Website
Pesticide exposure, safety and tracking (PEST) program
Discusses ways to reduce pesticide-related illness and injury by surveying incidences and educating the public. Website
Recognition and management of pesticide poisonings
Reference guide for health care providers. Website