Pesticide Labeling and Label Review

pesticide labels and label reviewPesticides are chemicals used to control, prevent, kill or repel insects, weeds, mites, mice, fungi, bacteria and viruses and other “pests.” They include sprays for ants, mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, bed bugs and cockroaches; cleaning solutions and disinfectants.

Many of the requirements for the manufacturing, sale and use of pesticides can be found in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). FIFRA gives the EPA the authority to review and register pesticide products. FFDCA covers pesticide use in food and animal feed. IN 1996, The Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) created even more stringent guidelines for pesticide use, including both new and old pesticide products.

Under both Federal and State laws, pesticides must be labeled. The purpose of labeling is to help protect human health, animals and the environment. The labels provide vital information to the public, including when and where the product can be used, and how to use it.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the standards for pesticide labeling. Under EPA guidelines, labels must contain detailed, clear and concise information regarding product usage.

Pesticide product labels are reviewed by the EPA as part of the licensing process. EPA labeling guidelines can be found in the agency’s Label Review Manual and numerous Pesticide Registration Notices. The EPA also manages a database (the Pesticide Product Label System) of over 170,000 past and current labels.

Ensuring pesticide product labels are in compliance with federal and state statutes can be a tedious and time-consuming task. Many manufacturers now outsource the task to label review specialists. Over the years, our own label review team has developed an exceptional workflow process that not only simplifies regulatory compliance but also maintains brand consistency across platforms.

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