LAWS, RULES, AND REGULATIONS
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) provides the framework for the federal pesticide program. The EPA is responsible for registering and licensing of pesticide products in the United States. The decision to register or license must be based on a detailed assessment of the potential risks involved to human health and the environment. By law, the individuals utilizing the pesticide must follow the directions and precautions listed on the label exactly as stated. Older pesticides have to be reviewed by the EPA and a determination must be made as to whether or not they should be discontinued or restricted. The EPA and states must establish programs to train and then certify applicators of pesticides.
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
This act establishes the program that provides the tolerances or maximum level of pesticide residues for human food and animal feed and makes the EPA responsible for administering the act.