The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed a rulemaking clarifying the conditions of exemption for minimum risk pesticides. EPA created the exemption for minimum risk pesticides to eliminate the need to expend significant resources to regulate products that were deemed to be of minimum risk to human health and the environment. The existing exemption has, however, led to much confusion as to which ingredients are exempt and how they should be labeled on products.
Under the rulemaking, EPA is proposing to more clearly describe the active and inert ingredients permitted in products eligible for the exemption from regulation for minimum risk pesticides. Specifically, EPA is seeking to reorganize the lists of exempt active and inert ingredients with a focus on clarity and transparency by adding specific chemical identifiers. The identifiers would make it clearer which ingredients are permitted in minimum risk pesticide products. EPA is also proposing to modify the label requirements in the exemption to require the use of specific common chemical names in lists of ingredients on minimum risk pesticide product labels, and to require producer contact information on the label.
NPMA has lobbied EPA to establish efficacy requirements for minimum risk pesticides label for or claiming to manage bed bugs and other public health pests and, while the proposed rulemaking doesn't go that far, NPMA is encouraged by this development.