Louisiana Rice: AV-1011 Granted ‘Conditional’ Registration

I am happy to announce that AV-1011 has been granted a “conditional” registration under section 3(c)(7) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by the EPA.  The Conditional registration was issued today (January 5, 2016) and will expire in 2 years (January 5, 2018).

AV-1011 is a bird repellent made by Arkion Life Sciences. It is a liquid seed treatment that can be applied to rice seed at your local seed distributor. The active ingredient in AV-1011 is Anthraquinone. The chemical is non-lethal to the birds and is actually found in 94 known plant species. When a bird eats a treated seed, it gives them digestive distress and this is what deters them from eating more seed.

If you are like me, I was not familiar with the “conditional” registration.  Here is some more information about conditional registrations which I found on the EPA website:

FIFRA section 3(c)(7) authorizes EPA to conditionally register pesticides under certain well-defined circumstances. As with all pesticide registrations, the first step in the Agency’s evaluation is to determine whether a pesticide’s proposed use meets the registration standard to ensure the protection of human health and the environment.

If EPA finds that the pesticide meets the standard for registration, but there are outstanding data requirements, the Agency may, under certain circumstances, grant a “conditional” registration pursuant to FIFRA section 3(c)(7). However, before granting a conditional registration, EPA must determine that, although an application lacks some of the required data, use of the pesticide would not significantly increase the risk of unreasonable adverse effects on people or the environment during the time needed to generate the necessary data.

When Can EPA Grant a Conditional Registration?

If EPA determines the pesticide meets the standard for registration in section 3(c)(7), the Agency may grant the application for registration with conditions that require the registrant to provide additional information within a specified time. If the registrant does not comply with the conditions, EPA may cancel the registration pursuant to FIFRA section 6(e). The amount of time given to a registrant to provide required data is usually based upon the amount of time EPA determines is necessary to conduct a study or otherwise satisfy the condition.

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