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Pesticide News Story: EPA Issues Guidance to Pesticide Manufacturers for Registration of "Anthrax-Related" Products

For Release: September 3, 2008

EPA has issued Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) 2008-2 to provide guidance to registrants who may want to register "anthrax-related" products (products that inactivate B. anthracis spores on inanimate surfaces such as in contaminated buildings). This guidance should help the United States be prepared to respond to incidents involving anthrax spores by assuring that anthrax-related products are registered, bear appropriate labeling, and are effective when used as directed. This guidance will help protect public health from the risks posed by anthrax spores by employing terms and conditions of registration that limit the use of anthrax-related products to those who are properly trained and determined to be competent in their use.

In a parallel effort to this PR Notice, EPA is also developing guidance for the efficacy test methods that registrants should use to demonstrate the effectiveness of their anthrax-related products.

The PR Notice, public comments on the draft PR Notice, and EPA’s responses to those public comments will be filed in Docket ID #EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-1004. The PR Notice, and Federal Register Notice of Availability can be found on the Web site.

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