Registration is Now Open for the CPDA Inert Ingredients Symposium: CPDA is conducting an Inert Ingredients Symposium on June 4-5, 2013 at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The Symposium will provide attendees with an understanding of the evolving federal requirements affecting inert ingredients used in agrotechnology products such as pesticides, plant nutrients, adjuvants, and soil conditioners. Manufacturers, suppliers and formulators of these products and inert ingredients should not miss this opportunity to hear from government regulators and industry experts on the federal regulation of inert ingredients. For an overview of the draft agenda and information on how to register click here.
President Sue Ferenc to Speak at the Agrochemical Formulation USA Conference: CPDA President Sue Ferenc
will be speaking at the Informa Life Sciences’ 3rd Annual Conference
on Agrochemical Formulations USA scheduled for August 7-8, 2013 in Raleigh,
North Carolina. Dr. Ferenc will address
the impact of the changing regulatory environment in the U.S. on inerts and
adjuvants used for crop protection formulation.
As part of her talk, Dr. Ferenc will provide an overview of how certain
states approach the review of adjuvants and inerts for use in pesticide formulations. Dr. Ferenc will also highlight the key
features of the CPDA Adjuvant Certification Program which has gained
wide-spread recognition throughout the industry as an innovative tool for
encouraging product stewardship in the manufacture of agricultural adjuvants.
Out eConnectivity Progress at AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting: CPDA reminds members that registration
is open for AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting in Johnston, Iowa, June 17-21. CPDA is
a member of AgGateway, the non-profit consortium of agri-businesses working to
expand electronic business within the ag industry. At this meeting, important
discussions take place among industry players on critical projects that will
affect how ag companies work with their trading partners. AgGateway members and
non-members alike are welcome! Participants will be updated on current
AgGateway projects, including the Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange
particular interest to CPDA members will be discussions of the Crop Protection
Council, updates from the Precision Ag Council, the new Automated Information
Data Capture (AIDC) Project, and a project under consideration for efficient
regulatory information updates. Networking opportunities include receptions and
breaks, as well as a tour of the John Deere Des Moines Work’s factory, where
the company makes commercial application equipment, cotton harvesters and
no registration fee for the meeting, so it’s a great time to invite a colleague
and trading partners, to get up to speed on AgGateway and the eBusiness
processes that will be affecting your business. Register today! Click here
for more information (www.AgGateway.org).
CPDA and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Conduct Workshop on GHS Labeling Requirements for Agricultural Chemicals: On February 28, 2013 CPDA and the law firm of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. conducted a workshop on OSHA's final rule modifying its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the Global Harmonization System (GHS) for chemicals. The workshop examined the implications of these new requirements on the labeling of agricultural chemicals (pesticides, adjuvants, inert ingredients and fertilizers) and explored potential conflicts with labeling requirements of state agencies. Participants included representatives from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. CPDA extends a special thanks to Lynn Bergeson for her dual role in presenting at the workshop and serving as moderator of the federal panels. Our thanks also go to Johnnie Roberts (Helena Chemical Company) for moderating a panel discussion that focused on how state regulators might approach the review of non-FIFRA protected labels such as those for agricultural spray adjuvants, fertilizers, and Section 25(b) products. To access the speaker presentations, please click here.
CPDA-Canada Comments on
PMRA Data Compensation Discussion Document: The
Registration Task Force of CPDA-Canada submitted a set of comments to Canada’s
Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) on March 1, 2013 on the Agency’s
discussion document titled “Reliance on Proprietary Data for the Purpose of
Re-evaluation and Special Review.”
CPDA-Canada applauded PMRA’s effort to establish a fair and equitable
data compensation mechanism as provided for under Canada’s Pest Control Products
Regulations. While expressing general
support for PMRA’s approach, CPDA-Canada offered several recommendations aimed
at bringing greater clarity and transparency to the data compensation process
as it pertains to the re-evaluation of existing registrations and special
review. To read more click here.
Labels Recommending Use of a CPDA Certified Adjuvant May be Revised to Reflect CPDA's New Name Without Formal Notification to EPA: Pesticide registrants currently using EPA’s
approved label language recommending the use of a CPDA certified adjuvant may
revise their labels to reflect CPDA’s new name without submitting a formal
notification to the Agency. Recently,
CPDA presented to EPA a rationale for allowing a name change on the label from “Chemical
Producers and Distributors Association” to “Council of Producers &
Distributors of Agrotechnology” without using the notification process. In a December 7, 2012 response, EPA concurred
with this rationale and noted that the Agency’s Labeling Consistency Committee
agrees that the use of CPDA’s new name on the label without formal notification
to the Agency falls within the intent of PR Notice 98-10, Section IV.
CPDA Applauds the Enactment of PRIA 3: On Friday, September 28, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the Pesticide Registration Improvement
Extension Act of 2012 (PRIA 3). House
passage of the bill took place on September 14th, just one day
following Senate approval of the measure on September 13th. As a member of the
PRIA Coalition, CPDA has worked diligently to protect the interests of
its inert ingredient supplier member companies by ensuring that the new service fees for inert ingredient approvals as set forth in the statute are fair and reasonable and that the time-lines for approval bring greater
certainty and Agency accountability to the process. CPDA believes that PRIA 3 is a
well-balanced legislative package that meets the needs of stakeholders and the public alike. Enactment of the bill into law effectively averts the uncertainty
that would have ensued had the measure been allowed to expire on September 30th.
The passage of PRIA 3 in the House and Senate and its subsequent enactment represent a significant win for
CPDA members and our allied partners in the agrotechnology and pesticide
industries. Following Congressional passage of PRIA 3, CPDA released a news alert praising members of the House and Senate for moving forward with its reauthorization. To read the CPDA news alert on PRIA 3, click here.
Speaker Presentations from the 2012 Annual Meeting: Speaker presentations from the 2012 CPDA Annual Meeting held July 23-25 at the Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho are posted on our web site. Additional presentations will be posted as we secure permission from the speakers. To access the presentations, click here.
Speaker Presentations from the 2012 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference: Speaker presentations from the 2012 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference held May 15-16 in Kansas City, Missouri are posted on the CPDA web site. Additional presentations will be made available as we secure permission from the speakers. To view the presentations available thus far, click here.
CPDA 2010-2011 Bi-Annual Report of the Association: CPDA is making available on its web site its 2010-2011 Bi-Annual Report. The report provides a comprehensive summary of the public policy issues and priorities that CPDA has focused on over the last two years. As always, we welcome our member company feedback on the report. A special thanks goes to Wilbur-Ellis Company for their assistance in the design and printing of this publication. To access the report, click here.