Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee
The Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on pesticide issues. According to the EPA “the major objectives are to provide policy advice, information and recommendations on:
- Developing practical, protective approaches for addressing pesticide regulatory policy, program implementation, environmental, technical, economic, and other policy issues
- Reviewing proposed modifications to [the Office of Pesticide Program’s] current policies and procedures, including the technical and economic feasibility of any proposed regulatory changes to the current process of registering and reregistering pesticides”
Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., PCRM’s director of regulatory testing issues, has been an active member of PPDC since 2006.
Sullivan also serves on two working groups under the PPDC: the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies Workgroup and the Comparative Safety Statements or Logos for Pesticide Product Labeling Workgroup. Within these groups, Sullivan works with other stakeholders to implement policies and programs that will create incentives for pesticide companies and the federal government to replace animal tests with nonanimal alternatives. For example, the 21st Century Toxicology work group is currently helping EPA create a set of timed goals to accept nonanimal alternatives for acute toxicity, skin and eye irritation, and sensitization tests.