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Summary of Federal Laws

Environmental Laws

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

7 U.S.C. § 136a-1; 40 C.F.R. Part 152 

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) provides for federal regulation of pesticide distribution, sale, and use. All pesticides distributed or sold in the United States must be registered (licensed) by EPA. Before EPA may register a pesticide under FIFRA, the applicant must show, among other things, that using the pesticide according to specifications "will not generally cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.''

FIFRA established a system of examination and certification both at the private level and at the commercial level for applicators who wish to purchase and use restricted use pesticides. In addition, FIFRA regulations mandate Good Laboratory Practice standards which apply to laboratories performing testing or research on pesticides for marketing or registration purposes.



EPA web page

Campus ERC on FIFRA-Compliance Guide


updated 7-27-18 mlo