public policy

Web-Distributed Labeling

Global Harmonized System Changes to Pesticide Labels and Safety Data Sheets
This notice establishes the Department of Pesticide Regulation's position regarding recent changes in the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, particularly with regard to human hazard signal words, hazard statements, and pictograms on product labels. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration aligned its Hazard Communication Standard with GHS and require chemical manufacturers to classify chemicals according to new classification criteria, and update labels and safety data sheets. Read more... (Posted on 4/15/14)

Why does EPA allow DIYers to use professional products?

NPMA staff frequently receives inquiries from PMPs as to why consumers are able to purchase and use pesticide products labeled "for professional use only" or "for individuals/firms licensed or registered by the state..." NPMA spent much of the late 1990s and 2000s working with state regulatory officials to persuade the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to limit the sale of products containing the aforementioned statements to consumers. While a label statement restricting the use of a pesticide product may be enforceable, according to EPA, label language limiting the sale of a general use pesticide to just professionals is not. Under federal pesticide law, EPA does not have the authority to prohibit the sale of an unrestricted or general use pesticide to a consumer. Click here to read a 2005 letter from EPA on the matter and here to read a 2006 statement from NPMA.

Web-Distributed Labeling Update

NPMA continues to support EPA in its efforts to make specific pesticide product labeling clearer and more user-friendly. Toward this end, NPMA has submitted comments to EPA on Web-Distributed Labeling (WDL).

Most importantly, NPMA hopes EPA will consider NPMA's assertion that, for WDL to be of any value to the pest management industry, databases must allow searches for multiple sites, multiple states and multiple pest species. Additionally, NPMA asked EPA to continue to partner with all stakeholders, especially State Lead Agencies, to keep the implementation of WDL transparent and ensure it provides benefits to all professional end-users.

Other highlights of the comments include NPMA and RISE partnering to address FIFRA primacy issues to preclude State Lead Agencies attempting to use WDL to institute "state specific" label language. NPMA also provided support to RISE's comments on liability issues for manufacturers and distributors.