Pesticide Product Registration
The sale and use of pesticide products in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must comply with both state and federal law. All pesticide uses in the United States are subject to regulation under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). All pesticide uses must be either be federally registered pursuant to FIFRA, or permitted under an "emergency exemption" as provided for in Section 18 of FIFRA. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews and accepts, or denies, federal registration of pesticide uses. The state may petition the EPA to allow certain emergency uses due to circumstances which are considered to be urgent and non-routine. The state may allow the registration of additional uses of a federally registered pesticides to address state specific "special local needs" under Section 24(c) of FIFRA. The EPA allows some pesticide products, which meet very specific criteria, to be sold and used without federal registration as "reduced risk pesticides." However, the Pennsylvania Pesticide Control Act does not provide an exemption for "minimum risk pesticides" and therefore "minimum risk pesticides" must be state registered in Pennsylvania.
The pesticide registration section is responsible for ensuring that all pesticide products sold and/or used in the Commonwealth are compliant with both FIFRA and the Pennsylvania Pesticide Control Act.
The fee for registration is $250 per pesticide product and all pesticide registrations are valid for up to one calendar year and expire on December 31. Registration applications received after November 15 will be valid for the next calendar year. Hardcopies of certificates of registration are not mailed but can be printed off at the National Pesticide Information Retrieval System public site.
Additional resources: U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Program