Federal Insecticide Act of 1910

Or Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act

The Goal/Purpose

The objective of FIFRA is to provide federal control of pesticide distribution, sale, and use. All pesticides used in the United States must be registered (licensed) by EPA. Registration assures that pesticides will be properly labeled and that, if used in accordance with specifications, they will not cause unreasonable harm to the environment. Use of each registered pesticide must be consistent with use directions contained on the label or labeling.

Revision in 1972

Thanks to many revisions, including the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act, EPA's authority was expanded by strengthening the registration process, enforcing compliance against banned and unregistered products, and revising the framework missing from the original law.