Pesticides Registration Review

The Physicians Committee
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Pesticides Registration Review

All pesticides in the United States are required to be registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The term “pesticides” include things like mosquito repellant, flea treatments, and antibacterial hand sanitizers, in addition to the more traditional pesticides used by the home and garden and agricultural sectors. Part of the registration process involves conducting a wide variety of tests on animals. Every 15 years, each registered pesticide must be re-evaluated by the EPA and any new testing mandates are required to be conducted by the producers.

Every four months, the EPA establishes the public review process by submitting its analysis to the federal docket. Commenters have two-three months in which they can make comments on what has been proposed. PCRM analyzes every single pesticide up for review to determine which EPA proposals request animal testing; then the search begins to find existing data for the tests proposed. PCRM also proposes nonanimal test methods where they exist, as well as bridging data from similar types of chemicals. After the comments are submitted, the EPA evaluates them and submits a Final Work Plan for the pesticide that details which suggestions were and were not accepted from the public. If the EPA agrees with PCRM’s approach, PCRM contacts the pesticide companies directly to ensure they are aware of the opportunity to eliminate the animal test.