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Symposia on the Environment and Food

Contributions of Chemistry to Sustainable Food Production

Freie Universitat Berlin, August 1999
Thursday August 12, 9:00 - 13:00
Inorganic Chemistry Lecture Hall

Development and Registration of Reduced Risk Pesticides
Kenneth D. Racke, Dow AgroSciences, 9330 Zionsville Road, Bldg 308/2E, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46268 ,USA, Email: [email protected]

During the past several years a reduced risk pesticide registration program has been in operation in the United States. The primary objective of this program is to give registration priority and accelerated approval to products with more favorable regulatory characteristics than currently available alternatives. Since 1994 a total of 13 such reduced risk insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides have been approved within shortened regulatory review periods of 14 to 18 months versus the traditional 24 to 30 months. The EPA, which administers the program, defines a reduced risk pesticide as one that reduces pesticide risks to human health and non-target organisms, reduces the potential for contamination of valued environmental resources, and broadens adoption or increases effectiveness of integrated pest management approaches. The reduced risk program has been supported by both industry and environmental organizations alike, and offers a more proactive, positive approach to pesticide regulation than other government initiatives (e.g., reduced use, reregistration) which focus more heavily on evaluation and development of restrictions for older products. This presentation will review the operational aspects and history of the reduced risk pesticide registration program, and will include discussion of several case studies which highlight development and registration factors. Benefits and issues associated with implementation of the program, and questions regarding the potential for broader adoption of such an approach by national and regional regulatory bodies will also be discussed.

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