Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018 (PRIA 4) signed into law

March 12, 2019

USA: On Friday March 8, 2019, the President signed into law: S. 483, the “Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018”, which reauthorizes and updates the fee collection provisions and authorities available under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and addresses worker protection matters.

The previous fee for service provision of FIFRA, PRIA 3 was due to expire September 30, 2017. However, it was extended due to continuing resolutions passed by Congress which ended on February 20, 2019. “The signing of PRIA 4 has provided regulators, NPOs and industry with a stable registration process for pesticide products to be reviewed to support their intended purposes like protecting public health by killing bacteria and other insect-borne illness,” says Lisa Amadio, Principal Regulatory Consultant.

Key provisions of PRIA 4 include:
  • A fee for service structure until 2023 (five years). This is two years longer than previous versions of this regulation and gives industry a more stable registration process
  • Increase in maintenance fees from $27,800,000 to an average amount of $31,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023 
  • Set-asides for the review and staffing of programs of benefit to industry. This includes set-asides for: the review of inert ingredients and expedited processing of similar applications; expedited rulemaking and guidance development for product performance data requirements for invertebrates of significant public health including bed bugs, fire ants and pests on pets and premise insects including crawling, flying and baits; and for Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) inspections
Applications submitted on or after March 8, 2019, will be subject to the fees and decision time frames specified in PRIA 4. Pending applications submitted either under PRIA 3 authority or during the period in which PRIA lapsed will not be subject to PRIA 4 fees and decision time frames and fees.

Next steps

If you need help understanding the additional data tables and requirements of PRIA 4, or would like an audit of your operations to ensure that you comply with GLP, please get in touch via the form opposite.

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