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21st Century Pest Management Records Act

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Federal Electronic Pesticide Recordkeeping Legislation Introduced

New Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews last week introduced legislation permitting - but not requiring - PMPs and other commercial pesticide applicators to create, retain, submit, and convey pesticide application-related records, reports, data, and other information in electronic form. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

The ability to electronically convey information to consumers and comply with pesticide-related regulatory requirements was one of the highlighted issues at NPMA Legislative Day this past March. Congressman Andrews submitted the legislation after meeting and discussing the issue with a PMP during NPMA Legislative Day and subsequent meetings with NPMA staff.

Most states permit the electronic conveyance of the information to consumers but several do not and PMPs in those states are deprived from realizing the benefits of going completely "paperless." Congressman Andrews' 21st Century Pest Management Records Act will permit PMPs in those states to go "paperless" and still comply with state and federal pesticide regulations.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection recently amended its pesticide regulations to allow the electronic conveyance of consumer information and the Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission is likely to make a similar change in the near future.

Click here to read the legislation.

Posted August 7, 2013