Now Available – Final Test Guidelines for Ecological Effects

 EPA Pesticide Program Updates

     From EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs

January 12, 2017

 In This Update:

Now Available – Final Test Guidelines for Ecological Effects

EPA’s final test guidelines for ecological effects are now available. The test guidelines, “Guidelines for Aquatic and Sediment-Dwelling Fauna, Aquatic Microcosm and Field Testing,” are part of a series of test guidelines established by the EPA for use in testing pesticides and other chemical substances. One of the goals of the project is the formulation of harmonized guidelines between the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s guidelines for the testing of chemicals.

The guidelines describe how to develop data for submission to the EPA under TSCA, FFDCA, and FIFRA. The data submitted help to inform the EPA’s regulatory decisions. The guidelines will be used by the EPA, the public, and companies that submit data to the EPA.

Go to, docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0154, for more information and to find the series of test guidelines.

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