The California Department of Pesticide Regulation registered 21 new pesticide active ingredients in 2003. They included 11 active ingredients designated as reduced-risk chemicals.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency uses the “reduced-risk” designation to highlight pesticides that offer less toxicity, allow lower application rates, or possess other desirable qualities in comparison to traditional chemicals.

U.S. EPA must approve any new pesticide before it can be registered for use in California, but DPR worked cooperatively with U.S. EPA to expedite the process for several years. Due to registration staffing cutbacks in 2003, DPR was forced to end expedited registrations for reduced-risk active ingredients. DPR continues to concurrently register biochemicals and antimicrobials.

California currently has about 900 registered pesticide active ingredients used in approximately 11,650 pesticide products.

To link to a list of new active ingredients, see www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pressrls/february6.htm

One of six boards and departments within Cal/EPA, DPR regulates the sale and use of pesticides to protect human health and the environment.