The Pesticide Analytical 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
- 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:
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 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
Future PARC meetings
Tuesday, Sept. 30: 9 a.m., Oregon Department of Agriculture, Hearing Room, 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem.
Wednesday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m., Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Conference Room 1E, Portland.
PARC annual 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