Department of Pesticide Regulation
|Brian R. Leahy
|Edmund G. Brown Jr.
|December 30, 2013
|County Agricultural Commissioners|
Pesticide Research Authorization Updates, Forms, and Database
This letter provides information about the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Pesticide Registration Branch's efforts to implement changes to its research authorization (RA) program to include clarity, transparency, safety, and enforceability.
Implementation Timeframe of New RA Forms
Effective January 1, 2014, following the final application of a pesticide requiring a research authorization in a particular trial location, and at least 24 hours prior to either harvest or crop destruction, experimental trial reports will be submitted by the researcher to the appropriate County Agricultural Commissioner(s) using Experimental Trial Report form, PR-REG-029 (Rev. 12/12).
Within two weeks following the expiration date of the research authorization, an experimental pesticide use report will be submitted by the researcher to DPR using the new Experimental Pesticide Use Report PR-REG-028a (Est. 12/12) and, if needed, Experimental Pesticide Use Report (Continued) PR-REG-028b (Est. 12/12).
New Form Data Elements
Application form [PR-REG-027a (Est. 12/12)] contains a space for the identification of each active ingredient present in that product. If the researcher substantiates that the chemical to be tested is pre-patent, DPR will use code names to identify the active ingredients in its database, and will maintain the actual active ingredient names in a confidential file. The new form also contains a space where researchers identify the county or counties in which they intend to conduct the research, if known. Any conditions placed by DPR on the research will appear on a separate page, entitled Pesticide Research Authorization Requirements [PR-REG-027c (Est. 12/12)], and will be attached to the signed approved research authorization application form.
The new Experimental Pesticide Use Report Form [PR-REG-028a (Est. 12/12)] provides for more detail about the research trial. Each product test material must be reported separately by formulation, commodity or site treated, and county. In other words, if a single test material is applied to three different commodities, each test material/commodity combination must be reported separately on the form. The same applies to the county in which the trial was conducted. If trials were conducted in multiple counties, then each test material/county combination must be reported separately.
The use report form also identifies the active ingredient(s) in the product test material and requires the researcher to calculate the total pounds of active ingredient used in the trial. As stated above, if the chemical is pre-patent, DPR will keep the active ingredient name confidential. Additional information may be submitted on Experimental Pesticide Use Report (Continued) PR-REG-028b (Est. 12/12). The use of California registered products (as standards or controls), in accordance with label directions during the course of the research, must be reported to the Agricultural Commissioner in the county where trials were conducted on grower/applicator pesticide use reporting forms.
DPR Web Site for Location of Existing RA Forms and New RA Forms
Conversion of Existing RAs Granted in 2013 and Set to Conclude in 2014
Proposed Training Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
Contact for Questions
|Original signature by Shelley Lopez for:||Original Signature by:|
|Ann M. Prichard
Chief, Pesticide Registration Branch
| George Farnsworth
Chief, Enforcement Branch
Pesticide Research Authorization, PR-REG-027a
Pesticides Research Authorization (Additional Pesticides), PR-REG-027b
Pesticide Research Authorization Requirements, PR-REG-027c
Experimental Pesticide Use Report, PR-REG-028a
Experimental Pesticide Use Report (Continued), PR-REG-28b
Experimental Trial Report, PR-REG-029
cc: Mr. Don Antonowich, DPR Senior Environmental Scientist
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