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FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting on Proposed Guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Certain Flea and Tick Products

For Release: April 15, 2019

On April 15, 2019, EPA published a Federal Register notice announcing a meeting of the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) on June 11-14, 2019. At the meeting the SAP will review EPA’s Proposed Guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Topically Applied Pesticides Used Against Certain Ectoparasitic Pests on Pets. Information on attending the meeting in person and via webcast can be found on the FIFRA SAP website.

Written comments on the documents undergoing peer review should be submitted to docket #EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0161 by May 17, 2019 to provide the FIFRA SAP the time necessary to consider and review the written comments. However, written comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting such comments after May 17, 2019 should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed below. Anyone wishing to make brief oral comments to the FIFRA SAP during the meeting should submit their request to the DFO on or before May 17, 2019 in order to be included on the meeting agenda.

Additionally, there will be a preparatory virtual meeting for FIFRA SAP members and the public to comment on and ask questions regarding the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions to be used for the peer review. The date, time, and registration instructions for the preparatory virtual meeting will be announced on the FIFRA SAP website by early May.

The draft charge questions and documents undergoing peer review are available in docket #EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0161 on

The FIFRA SAP serves as one of the primary scientific peer review mechanisms of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and is structured to provide independent scientific advice, information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on human health and the environment.

For additional information contact the DFO, Suhair Shallal, Ph.D. at or 202-564-2057.