As the lead agency in Texas for regulating pesticides, TDA is responsible for registering pesticides distributed in Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates pesticides through the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. Section 3 of FIFRA provides the federal requirements for pesticide registration.
The Pesticide Product Registration Program submits to the EPA Section 18 emergency exemptions, registers 24(c) special local need applications, approves experimental use permits (EUP) and 2(ee) recommendations.
Pesticide Registration Required
The Texas Pesticide Law and Regulations require a pesticide to be registered before it is sold or distributed in Texas. Out-of-state registrants must designate a resident agent. Registrants are required to fill out an application form and submit complete information for each product registered.
Pesticide products do not have a discontinuance status. Any pesticide distributed in the state must have a current registration as long as the product remains in the channels of trade. The registrant is responsible for ensuring that the registration of the pesticide product remains in effect.
Not all pesticide products are required to be registered in Texas. Those products exempt from registration include: pheromones and pheromone traps; devices; preservatives for biological specimens; cedar wood; minimum risk pesticides (25b list); permitted inerts from EPA list 4A; EUP products that comply with Section 172.6; products in compliance with Section 156; emergency exemption products (Section 18); and products for disposal (FIFRA Section 19 products). In addition, products that qualify under 40CFR Sections 152.6, 152.10, 152.20, and 152.25 do not require a registration.
The National Pesticide Information Retrieval System (NPIRS) at Purdue University maintains a list of pesticides registered by state. The list is updated daily but may not include all products. The list does not include regulated herbicides or state-limited use pesticides and does not designate which products are classified in Texas as regulated herbicides or state-limited-use pesticides. For assistance in determining which products have been designated as regulated herbicides or state-limited-use pesticides, follow this link: NPIRS Texas Data; enter EPA numbers with hyphens.