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WSDA is responsible for the registration of pesticides in Washington State. Pesticides that require registration (but are not limited to) all insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, nematicides, disinfectants, germicides, biocides, plant regulators, defoliants, desiccants, minimum risk pesticides (25b), and spray adjuvants. Washington State pesticide registration requirements are found in the Washington Pesticide Control Act, and the General Pesticide Rules. WSDA has a fact sheet that summarizes Pesticide Registration in Washington State.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for federal pesticide registration. Federal pesticide registration requirements are found in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In most cases, federal pesticide registration under Section 3 of FIFRA is required prior to pesticide registration in Washington State. Federal registration is not required for Section 25(b) products or adjuvants. Information on federal pesticide registration requirements and procedures is found on the EPA pesticide registration website (external website).
Electronic Label Submission Guidance
Section 3 Products
To register, submit a completed Application for Registration of Pesticides (AGR 630-4216), 1 copy of the product label (PDF or paper copy), 1 copy of the confidential statement of formula (CSF) and the appropriate registration fee ($390 per 2 years). The fee for additional product registrations added during a company's registration cycle will be prorated by year so that all products registered by the company come due for renewal at the same time.
When an application to register a Section 3 pesticide includes a new active ingredient not previously registered by WSDA and the product is labeled for outdoor use, submit a copy of EPA's Environmental Fate and Effects Division final risk assessment and cover letter.
Section 25(b) Products
Section 24(c) Special Local Need (SLN) Registration
Section 18 Emergency Exemption from
Application of Experimental Pesticides
A Collective Experimental Use Permit (AGR 630-4130) may be issued to recognized research institutions, organizations, pesticide registrants, or persons licensed to conduct certain types of small-plot demonstrations and research activities on land they own or control.
If you have any questions on WSDA pesticide registration procedures, you can email the WSDA Pesticide Registration Section at email@example.com. The phone number for pesticide registration is (360) 902-2030, and the fax number is (360) 902-2093.
If you know the individual with whom you would like to speak to or have a
specific pesticide registration question, the telephone and email contact
information is as follows:
WSU, KRS & NPIRS have available searchable databases of pesticides registered in Washington. Users can query the registration database by crop, pest, active ingredient, or several other options.
Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration (WSCPR). The primary function of the Commission is to solicit, review and award grants to proposals that address Washington State pest management needs.
State Pesticide Regulatory Agencies
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Additional control methods may be needed if mosquito populations rise above acceptable levels. Applying a larvicide, such as Bacillus thuringiensis var israelensis (Bti), may be the next best way to control mosquitoes. Larvicides kill mosquito larvae. Killing mosquito larvae before they emerge as adults can reduce or eliminate the need for ground or aerial application of pesticides to kill adult mosquitoes. Washington State Department of Agriculture has a list of pesticide products registered in Washington for use on mosquito larvae and adults. However, many of these products may require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit from the state departments of Ecology or Health. Further, certain ingredients, such as malathion or temephos, can only be used for larval control when allowed in emergency situations.
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