WASHINGTON, DC – The Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA) applauds the reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA 5). PRIA 5 was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, which was signed into law today.
PRIA 5 provides necessary resources to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) including the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD). The legislation will supplement annual appropriations for OPP with additional funding from industry-paid fees that support pesticide registration, registration review, and other regulatory actions important to promoting product innovation. The much-needed OPP funding, coupled with a variety of process and information technology improvements, will allow OPP to increase staffing and better meet registration and review timeframes to give consumers, health care professionals, and growers the tools they need to manage pests. The bill will also increase funding for farm worker and clinician training programs and require Spanish translations of pesticide labels within set timeframes. See a summary here.
BPIA, as a member of the PRIA Coalition, worked with BPPD, a variety of pesticide manufacturers, environmental NGOs, growers, professional pesticide applicators, and members of Congress to ensure this critical and timely reauthorization of PRIA 5. BPIA would like to thank the members of its Regulatory Committee, Government Affairs Committee, and PRIA 5 Task Force who were instrumental in this effort. You can learn more about the work of all BPIA’s committees by attending the BPIA 2023 Annual Meeting. Register to attend here.