EPA Approves Extension of Streamlined BIT Self-Certification Process

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EPA has approved an extension to December 31, 2021 of the streamlined self-certification process whereby registrants may notify the Agency of a change in the source of BIT in a pesticide formulation without having to submit a new or amended Confidential Statement of Formula (CSF). The original deadline of the temporary process was October 18, 2020. However, due to continuing interruptions in the BIT supply chain, an industry coalition that included CPDA, CLA, BPIA, RISE, and CBC submitted a September 15, 2020 request to EPA seeking an extension of the streamlined process so as to provide registrants reasonable flexibility.

For more than the past two years, CPDA has been collaborating with CLA and other industry trade associations in efforts to mitigate the adverse impact caused by the ongoing shortage of the preservative known as BIT. These efforts resulted in the development of a list of acceptable alternative products along with the Agency’s approval of a time-limited self-certification process for the substitution of specific preservatives in pesticide formulations to address significant BIT supply chain disruptions. To access a copy of the November 9, 2020 letter from Ed Messina, Acting Director of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, approving the extension to December 31, 2021, please click here.

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