[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 65 (Friday, April 4, 2014)]
[Pages 18908-18909]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-07458]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0906; FRL-9905-60]

Pesticides; Final Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Web-
Distributed Labeling

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: The Agency is announcing the availability of a Pesticide 
Registration Notice (PR Notice) titled ``Web-Distributed Labeling for 
Pesticide Products.'' This PR Notice was issued by the Agency on March 
24, 2014, and is identified as PR Notice 2014-1. PR Notices are issued 
by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to inform pesticide 
registrants and other interested persons about important policies, 
procedures, and registration related decisions, and serve to provide 
guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel. This particular PR 
Notice provides guidance to the registrant concerning the process by 
which registrants can make legally-valid versions of pesticide labeling 
available through the Internet. Web-distributed labeling would allow 
users to retrieve a streamlined version of the pesticide product 
labeling, containing the directions for use and necessary information 
related to the user's specific state and intended site of use.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Arling, Field & External 
Affairs Division (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (703) 308-5891; email address: 
[email protected].


I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

    This action is directed to the public in general, although this 
action may be of particular interest to those persons who register and 
use pesticide products and to state regulators of pesticide products. 
Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not 
attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by 
this action.

B. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    The docket for this action, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0906, is available either electronically 
through http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the OPP Docket in 
the Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), located in 
EPA West, Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number 
for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number 
for the OPP Docket is (703) 305-5805. Please review

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the visitor instructions and additional information about the docket 
available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

II. What guidance does this PR Notice provide?

    This final PR Notice provides guidance to the registrant concerning 
how EPA intends to implement web-distributed labeling under this 
voluntary system. Shorter, relevant labeling could be clearer and 
easier for the user to understand, improving compliance with pesticide 
labeling requirements and thereby protecting human health and the 
environment from unintentional misuse of pesticides. Web-distributed 
labeling would also allow for more rapid updates to pesticide labeling, 
meaning risk mitigation measures and new uses can reach the user more 
quickly than under the current paper-based system. First, the PR Notice 
defines terms used related to web-distributed labeling in this notice. 
It includes suggested language that registrants can use on the labeling 
affixed to or accompanying the pesticide container to reference the 
web-distributed labeling portion of labeling. It recommends content, 
function, and security for the Web site associated with a product's 
web-distributed labeling. Finally, the PR Notice suggests a process by 
which registrants can request that a product's labeling include web-
distributed labeling and outlines what information EPA expects to 

III. Do PR Notices contain binding requirements?

    The PR Notice discussed in this notice is intended to provide 
guidance to EPA personnel and decision makers and to pesticide 
registrants. While the requirements in the statutes and Agency 
regulations are binding on EPA and the applicants, this PR Notice is 
not binding on either EPA or pesticide registrants, and EPA may depart 
from the guidance where circumstances warrant and without prior notice. 
Likewise, pesticide registrants may assert that the guidance is not 
appropriate generally or not applicable to a specific pesticide or 

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 136-136y.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, 
Agricultural commodities, Pesticides and pests.

    Dated: March 24, 2014.
Marty Monell,
Acting Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2014-07458 Filed 4-3-14; 8:45 am]