Pesticides and PARC

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

Agencies clarify response to pesticide incidents

Oregon Department of Agriculture news release Pesticide-incident response news release

Coordinating Oregon's Response to Pesticide Incidents

PARC's pesticide-incident response process

PARC Member Agencies' SOP Summaries

Abbreviated look at PARC members' standard operating procedures. PARC's operating procedures

What To Do If You Are Exposed to Pesticides information

Steps to take if exposed to pesticides

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​. Pesticide use request form for health-care providers


PARC board representatives​​


​​​​​PARC board meeting materials​​​​


PARC board's remaining 2017 meeting schedule

Meetings are 9 a.m. to noon
March 22: Portland State Office Building, Room 1-D, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232
May 17: In Salem, details to be announced
July 19: In Portland, details to be announced
September 20: In Salem, details to be announced​
November 15: In Portland, details to be announced 

​​​​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. National Pesticide Information Center website

Pesticide Exposure, Safety and Tracking (PEST) Program

Discusses ways to reduce pesticide-related illness and injury by surveying incidences and educating the public. Pesticide Exposure, Safety and Tracking Program website

Recognition and management of pesticide poisonings

Reference guide for health-care providers. Recognition and management of pesticide poisonings website

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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



To report a pesticide incident that has impacted people, animals, or the environment, call 503-986-6470. ​​Your phone call will be routed 24 hours a day to 211info specialists, who will take your information. PARC staffers will contact you within one business day.
Theodore Bunch Jr.
PARC Coordination Team Leader
Christina Higby
Citizen Advocate Liaison

Pesticide use complaint

Pesticide complaints webpage ​​​