“The EU special committee on pesticides has adopted plans to make the EU pesticide approval procedure more transparent and accountable”

Government Europa published the above-captioned article, which reads as follows:

“MEPs agreed that members of the public should be allowed to access the studies used to support the EU’s decision to approve the use of pesticides, including supporting data and information on the applications.  The new EU pesticide approval procedure, designed to promote transparency and accountability in committees and members who approve new active substances, emphasise the need for greater public awareness of approval protocols.


EPA IG’s Semi-Annual Report

The EPA Inspector General’s Semi-Annual Report: April 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018, is available at


CRE comments on EPA’s Proposed Scientific Integrity Acquisition Rules

On November 20, 2018, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness filed comments on EPA’s proposed amendment of its Acquisition Rules to include compliance with EPA’s Scientific Integrity Policy. CRE recommended several changes and additions to EPA’s proposed rules.

Click here for CRE’s filed comments.



EPA Inspector General Reviews EPA’s Oversight of State Pollinator Plans

EPA’s office of Inspector General posted the following notice:

“Notification: EPA Oversight of the States’ Managed Pollinator Protection Plans

Project #OA&E-FY19-0029, November 8, 2018

The OIG plans to begin preliminary research on the Office of Pesticides’ support of states’ Managed Pollinator Protection Plans.

The linked “Project Notification” explains, “The OIG’s objective is to evaluate how the EPA is overseeing states’ Managed Pollinator Protection Plans designed to reduce pesticide exposure to bees.”



EPA Oversight of the States’ Managed Pollinator Protection Plans

The EPA Office of Inspector General intends to begin preliminary research on the EPA Office of Pesticides’ support of states’ Managed Pollinator Protection Plans. The OIG’s plans are discussed in detail here:Project Notification (PDF).




Attend Virtual Meeting to Review Draft Charge Questions for Inhalation Risk SAP

There will be a 2-hour preparatory virtual meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel on November 14,2018, to consider and review the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for the December 4–7, 2018 FIFRA SAP Meeting on the Evaluation of a Proposed Approach to Refine Inhalation Risk Assessment for Point of Contact Toxicity: A Case Study Using a New Approach Methodology.

In addition, EPA is inviting comments on the experts currently under consideration as ad hoc participants in this review.

Click here for more details and relevant links.




FDA Pesticide Residue Monitoring 2016 Report and Data

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently published its Pesticide Residue Monitoring 2016 Report. The report discusses testing of 711 pesticides and industrial chemicals from 7,413 total samples. The report states that the results were consistent with previous years’ results. Two groups of samples were taken — those from domestic foods and those from imported products.

Ninety-nine per cent of the samples from domestic products and 90 per cent of those from imported foods comply with federal standards. No detectable levels of pesticide residues were found in 52.9 per cent of domestic and 50.7 per cent of imported human food samples.


PPDC Meeting

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs is holding a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee on October 31, 2018. This meeting is intended to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA  Administrator on issues associated with pesticide regulatory  development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating  and reducing risks from use of pesticides.

The PPDC meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018,from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be an informational seminar on biotechnology- pesticide issues held for stakeholders.


Nominate Members of the FIFRA SAP

EPA is requesting nominations of experts for ad hoc participation on the FIFRA SAP. Nominees will be considered for ad hoc participation in upcoming FIFRA SAP peer reviews, providing independent scientific advice to the Agency on health and safety issues related to pesticides. Nominations, including contact information and affiliation(s), should be submitted to the Designated Federal Official, Dr. Marquea D. King ( or 202-564-3626) on or before November 13, 2018.

Click here for more details and relevant links.





OIG Report Criticizes EPA’s Pesticide Emergency Exemption Process

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General released a report entitled “Measures and Management Controls Needed to Improve EPA’s Pesticide Emergency Exemption Process.”  This OIG Report included the following summary:

“What we found

The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) does not have outcome measures in place to determine how well the emergency exemption process maintains human health and environmental safeguards. The program office also does not have comprehensive internal controls to manage the emergency exemption data it collects. Finally, the OPP does not consistently communicate emergency exemption information with its stakeholders.

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