The EPA is proposing to clarify the substances on the minimum risk pesticide ingredient list and the way ingredients are identified on product labels. Minimum risk pesticides are a special class of pesticides that are not subject to federal registration requirements because their ingredients, both active and inert, are demonstrably safe for the intended use. The agency is proposing to reorganize these lists and add specific chemical identifiers to make clearer to manufacturers, the public and federal, state and tribal inspectors the specific ingredients that are permitted in minimum risk pesticide products. The EPA is also proposing to require producer contact information and the use of specific common chemical names in lists of ingredients on minimum risk pesticide product labels.

EPA’s  proposal, announced in a Dec. 31, 2012, Federal Register notice, does not alter the substance of the minimum risk pesticide ingredient lists, but  more accurately describes which chemical substances can be used in pesticide products that are exempt from federal pesticide registration requirements. State enforcement agencies have expressed support for the proposed changes.

The agency is sensitive to the economic impact of regulations and acknowledges that the proposed changes could have a very small impact on current manufacturers of minimum risk products. However, we believe the industry – manufacturers of these products and businesses considering entering the market for minimum risk pesticides – will ultimately benefit from clearer guidance. In addition, we believe that consumers of these products have a right to know in an easily understandable way which chemicals the products contain. This proposed regulation promotes clearer information for consumers while maintaining the availability of minimum risk pesticide products in the market.

Please see the EPA’s minimum risk pesticide Web pages for more information on these products that are not subject to federal registration requirements.