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California Notice 2011-11: Efficiencies Implemented in the Data Evaluation Process
(October 2011)

Historically, for insecticides, fungicides, miticides, nematicides, bactericides, pheromones, insect growth regulators, and adjuvants, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation has had one evaluator review the efficacy data and another evaluate the phytotoxicity results, even though the results were often in the same report. Technology Sciences Group (TSG) as part of Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) worked to convince DPR to implement a pilot program to reduce the number of time consuming stations to have products go through when there is phytotoxicity data in its program. As a result, a pilot program was put in place to have the same evaluator conduct both the efficacy and phytotoxicity review, which reduces the evaluation by two (2) months. This pilot program has been a success, resulting in its permanent adoption as announced in the California Notice 2011-11.

California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Pesticide Registration Branch (PRB) initiated a pilot project to investigate the possibility of streamlining the evaluation of phytotoxicity data submitted to support the registration and amendment of pesticide products.

Previously, PRB was routing new and amended insecticides, fungicides, miticides, nematicides, bactericides, pheromones, insect growth regulators and adjuvants to PRB”S Pest and Disease Protection station for evaluation of submitted efficacy data, and then to PRB’s Plant Physiology station for evaluation of phytotoxicity data. Registration submission review time can take up to 120 days just for the two stations, as each station could take up to 60 days to complete each evaluation.

In July 2010, Pest and Disease Protection (PDP) began evaluating both efficacy and phytotoxicity data submitted to support the amendment or registration of food-use products containing non-new active ingredients for a wide variety of pesticides.

Based on the outcome of the first six months of the pilot project, PRB continued the pilot project for an additional six months. In extending the project, it expanded it to include evaluations of phytotoxicity data for non-food use products containing non-new active ingredients for insecticides, fungicides, miticides, nematicides, bactericides, pheromones, insect growth regulators, and adjuvants intended for use with these pesticide types.

Based on efficiencies of approximately 60 days per submission during the pilot project, PRB has incorporated the streamlined evaluation process into our formal data evaluation process.

For more information, please Contact TSG.
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