The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) recently contacted Tom Phillips of the Maryland Department of Agriculture to express concerns about delayed registrations for both conventional and minimum risk pesticide products, especially regarding a lack of communication to registrants about department delays or issues.

In response, Phillips indicated that most of the issues that cause delays for these registrations fall into one of the following categories:

  • Failure to submit a label and/or efficacy data for minimum risk pesticide products
  • Failure to submit a label and/or the analytical enforcement method with Section 3 pesticide products

Phillips also encourages registrants to submit everything except the application itself electronically, and if deficiencies in the submission are found, Phillips will contact the registrant directly. If the registrant does not respond within six weeks, he rejects the application and refunds the application fee. Phillips encourages registrants to reach out to the Maryland Department of Agriculture if they are experiencing any issues.

Please contact Dr. Steve Bennett, Senior Vice President, Scientific Affairs, at for additional comments or questions.



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