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. Its 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
PARC board representatives
PARC board meeting materials
PARC board's remaining 2017 meeting schedule
Meetings are 9 a.m. to noon
May 17: Basement Hearings Room, Oregon Department of Agriculture, 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
July 19: Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Center for Health and Healing, Room 3181 (1A), 3303 SW Band, Ave, Portland, OR 97239
September 20: Basement Hearings Room, Oregon Department of Agriculture, 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
November 15: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 3150 NW 229th Ave., Suite 150 Hillsboro, OR 97124
PARC biennial reports
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, 2017. PARC public member application