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8 • PESTI IDE REGISTRATION AND THE LABEL

MANUFACTURERS MUST

register pesticides with the U.S. EPA and DPR before anyone can buy or use them in California. These agencies register individual pesticide roducts, not generic pesticides. The registration procedure protects people and the environment from ineffective or harmful chemicals.

PESTI IDE REGISTRATION

U.S. EPA and DPR registration procedures include an evaluation of each pesticide product. At the federal level this evaluation determines whether EPA classifies a pesticide as general use or restricted use. DPR designates all federal restricted use and certain general use pesticides as “restricted materials” due to local hazards or specific health concerns. Uncertified applicators may buy, possess, use, or supervise the use of general use pesticides that have not been designated by DPR as “restricted materials.” However, only certified pesticide applicators can buy, possess, use, or supervise the use of California restricted materials, and with few exceptions, they must obtain a permit from the county agricultural commis- sioner to do so.

To complete registration, manufac- turers supply labels meeting all federal and state requirements. These labels become legal documents and contain important information for users. Some labels refer to other documents, such as endangered species range maps. Agricultural-use pesticide labels also refer to the Worker Protection Standard

provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR part 170). These and other documents referred to on pesticide labels become part of the pesticide label.

Licensing of the Product ( ertificate of Registration). For each pesticide product, when DPR issues the Certifi- cate of Registration the accepted label becomes the registered label. The pesticide must be used according to the registered label and according to any regulatory restrictions. Also, the pesticide label on the product sold must match the registered label, or the sale is illegal.

Product No Longer Registered. If the product registration lapses, the registrant can no longer sell the product in California. There are two ways that a product may no longer be registered:

  • if the manufacturer does not renew the registration and allows it to lapse

  • if a suspension or cancellation has been taken against the product by DPR or U.S. EPA

If the registration has been allowed to lapse or is not renewed by the company, a dealer who acquired the product while it was still registered may sell and deliver the product for two years after the last date of registra- tion. If the pesticide product was acquired by an end-user while it was legally registered or within two years after the last date of registration, the product may be possessed and used indefinitely in accordance with the

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