Final Test Guideline; Series 810-Product Performance Test Guideline; Notice of Availability

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 189 (Monday, September 30, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 189 (Monday, September 30, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51557-51558]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-21043]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0693; FRL-9996-49]
Final Test Guideline; Series 810--Product Performance Test
Guideline; Notice of Availability
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the availability of the final product
performance test guideline for premises treatments. This test guideline
is part of a series of test guidelines established by the Office of
Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) for use in testing
pesticides and chemical substances. The test guidelines serve as a
compendium of accepted scientific methodologies and protocols for
testing that are intended to provide data to inform regulatory
decisions. This test guideline, which is identified as OCSPP Test
Guideline 810.3500, provides guidance for conducting a study to
determine pesticide product performance against invertebrate pests of
premises and is used by EPA, the public, and companies that submit data
to EPA.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael L. Goodis, Registration
Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (703) 305-7090; email address:
[email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Introduction
    EPA is announcing the availability of a final test guideline, OCSPP
Test Guideline 810.3500: Premises Treatments.
    This test guideline is part of a series of test guidelines
established by OCSPP for use in testing pesticides and chemical
substances to develop data for submission to the Agency under the
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) section 408 (21 U.S.C.
346a), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
(7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.), and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (15
U.S.C. 2601 et seq.). The test guidelines serve as a compendium of
accepted scientific methodologies and protocols that are intended to
provide data to inform regulatory decisions under TSCA, FIFRA, and/or
FFDCA.
    The test guidelines are used by EPA, the public, and companies that
are subject to data submission requirements under TSCA, FIFRA, and/or
FFDCA. As guidance documents, the test guidelines are not binding on
either EPA or any outside parties, and EPA may depart from the test
guidelines where circumstances warrant and without prior notice. At
places in this guidance, the Agency uses the word ``should.'' In this
guidance, use of ``should'' with regard to an action means that the
action is recommended rather than mandatory. The procedures contained
in the test guidelines are recommended for generating the data that are
the subject of the test guideline, but EPA recognizes that departures
may be appropriate in specific situations. You may propose alternatives
to the recommendations described in the test guidelines, and the Agency
will assess them for appropriateness on a case-by-case basis.
II. 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 are or may be
required to conduct testing of pesticides and chemical substances for
submission to EPA under TSCA, FIFRA, and/or FFDCA, 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?
    1. Docket for this document. The docket for this action, identified
by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0693, is available
at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Pesticide Programs
Regulatory Public Docket (OPP Docket) in the Environmental Protection
Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), West William Jefferson Clinton Bldg.,
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 the visitor instructions and
additional information about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    2. Electronic access to the OCSPP test guidelines. To access OCSPP
test guidelines electronically, please go to http://www.epa.gov/ocspp/pubs/frs/home/testmeth.htm. You may also access the test guidelines in
http://www.regulations.gov, grouped by series under docket ID numbers:
EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0150 through EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0159 and EPA-HQ-OPPT-
2009-0576.
III. Overview
A. What action is EPA taking?
    EPA is announcing the availability of a final test guideline under
Series 810.3500 entitled ``Premises Treatments'' and identified as
OCSPP Test Guideline 810.3500. This revised guideline replaces the
original version published in 1998. The guideline provides
recommendations for the design and execution of laboratory studies to
evaluate the performance of pesticide products intended to kill,
control, flush, and/or knock down invertebrate pests of premises, such
as cockroaches, ticks, mosquitoes, flies, and wasps in connection with
registration of pesticide products under the FIFRA (7 U.S.C. 136, et
seq.). It does not apply to efficacy testing for treatment of livestock
or pets, wide-area mosquito control, structural protection from
termites, or bed bug products.
B. How was this final test guideline developed?
    EPA-registered pesticide products are an important part of pest
management programs for pests of premises. The Agency developed the
product
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performance test guidelines to standardize the approaches to testing
methods to ensure the quality and validity of the efficacy data for
these types of products. The Agency attended entomology conferences,
consulted with leading academics, and reviewed peer-reviewed scientific
journal articles on topics related to the guideline to draft the
original document. Further, EPA sought advice and recommendations from
the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) and the public. The SAP
meeting, held on May 8-10, 2018, was announced in the Federal Register
issue of January 26, 2018 (83 FR 3704) (FRL-9972-65). This guideline
has been revised based on comments from the SAP and the public. The
revisions include clarifying bait product testing, offering more
flexibility in testing design, updating the replication recommendations
based on statistical modeling and ease of obtaining pests, and refining
the statistical analyses recommendations. The Agency is also making
available in the docket a Response to Comments document that addresses
issue raised in the public comment submission.
    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.; 15 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.; 21
U.S.C. 301 et seq.
    Dated: September 24, 2019.
Alexandra Dapolito Dunn,
Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution
Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2019-21043 Filed 9-27-19; 8:45 am]
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