August 4, 2016

EPA Urged To Craft DQA Procedures For Human Data In Pesticide Reviews

Editor’s Note: CRE’s July letter to USDA and EPA is available here.

From: Inside EPA

Dave Reynolds


In a July 18 letter to EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE) urges EPA to work with USDA to craft SOPs for using epidemiological data in pesticide risk reviews, and to not rely on human data to strengthen pesticide regulations until the SOPs are complete. The letter is available on,. (Doc. ID: 193542)


CRE argues that EPA currently uses epidemiological data on “a case-by-case basis without any prior guidance,” according to the letter sent to Laura Vaught, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Policy and Sheryl Kunickis, director of USDA’s Office of Pest Management Policy, and that this violates the DQA, also known as the Information Quality Act.

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