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Pesticide Product Registration

General

New Product (Section 3) Registrations

US EPA evaluates and registers pesticides for use in the United States. After US EPA has registered a product, it must also be registered in Ohio before it is legal to distribute. Separate registrations are required for each product name and alternate brand name that will be distributed in Ohio. The brand names to be registered in Ohio must be exactly the same as the brand name registered by US EPA and the same as on the product labeling. Ohio checks US EPA's Pesticide Product Label System (PPLS) prior to all Section 3 registrations at the state level. If a product is not registered in PPLS, it will not be registered at the state level in Ohio. If a product Alternate Brand Name does not appear in PPLS, it may delay the registration of the product in Ohio.

New Product Registration Checklist

  • Ohio Application for Registration of New Pesticides, includes:
    • The name and mailing address of the registrant and the name and address of the company whose name will appear on the label, if other than the registrant's name;
    • The contact information of the authorized representative or agent;
    • The product brand name;
    • The US EPA Registration Number (if applicable); and
    • The type of registration requested.
  • $150 application fee per product (payable by check, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. American Express is not accepted.)
  • A PDF copy of the current marketplace label, submitted through email or ALSTAR.
  • Agent letter of authorization, if applicable.
  • US EPA acceptance documents may be requested if not available through PPLS or ALSTAR.

Supplemental Registration

Subregistrants may register their products in Ohio using the same Ohio Application for Registration of New Pesticides form. In addition to submitting the application, fee, and PDF marketplace label, the subregistrant may be asked to provide a copy of US EPA acceptance documents and US EPA Form 8570-5 if not available through PPLS or ALSTAR.

Change of Information

A new registration will not be required if:

  • Minor changes are made to the marketplace label, but the revised label must be submitted to ODA before it is distributed in the state. A new certificate of registration will not be issued for minor label changes, and the existing certificate end date will not be affected.
  • A registrant/manufacturer name or address changes. A change of information form should be submitted, as well as the updated marketplace label. An updated certificate of registration will be issued in this case, but the original registration end date will not be affected.

A new registration will be required if:

  • Both the registrant/producer name & address change on the label;
  • A product brand/trade name change on the label; or
  • US EPA Registration Number change on the label.

Registration Renewal

A pesticide product certificate of registration expires on June 30 each year. In May of each year, ODA mails each registrant an Application to Renew Registration of Pesticides with a list of their currently registered products. The signed renewal form and fee(s) should be returned as soon as possible; if postmarked after June 30, a 50% late fee will apply.

Discontinue or Cancel

The annual renewal application contains a space to indicate if a registered product should be canceled (effective immediately) or placed in a one-year state of discontinuance after which it will be unregistered. Please contact our office if you wish to do this prior to the annual registration renewal, or if you would like to extend the discontinuance of a product beyond the one-year period.

Fees & Deadlines

 Application Type Fee Registration Period
 New Pesticide Product Registration $150 July 1 - June 30
 Section 25(b) Minimum Risk Exempt Products $150 July 1 - June 30
 Renewing Pesticide Registration $150 July 1 - June 30
 Renewing Pesticide Registration with 1-year Discontinued Status $150 July 1 - June 30
 Late Pesticide Registration Renewal (after June 30) $225  
 Notification of Minor Changes / Submitting Revised Label $0  
 Canceling Pesticide Registration $0  

FAQ

Updated April 1, 2021

  • Does Ohio require pesticides classified by the US EPA as Minimal Risk Pesticides (25b) to be registered?
    • Yes
  • What registrant or producer information and/or label changes require re-registration of a pesticide product in Ohio?
    • When both the registrant/producer name & address change on the label.
    • When a product brand/trade name or EPA Registration Number changes on the label.
  • Does Ohio require different scents, colors, or animal weight ranges to be registered?
    • Products with differing animal weight/size/age ranges are required to be registered as separate products.
    • Products with differing scents or colors are not required to be registered as separate products.
  • Do all of the different container sizes of my pesticide need to be registered?
    • No, Ohio does not require registration for different container sizes of a product, provided that the container size is the only difference between products.
  • Are Manufacturing Use Pesticides (MUP’s) required to be registered in Ohio?
    • Registration is not required if a pesticide is shipped from one location to another operated by the same person and used solely at that location as a constituent part to make a registered pesticide. Otherwise, yes – Ohio requires registration of MUP's if they are distributed in the state.
  • Are Pesticide Devices required to be registered in Ohio?
    • No
  • Does Ohio register adjuvants or pesticide additives?
    • No
  • Does Ohio require combo kit or combo packs to be registered?
    • Yes
  • Does Ohio require FIFRA Section 2(ee) recommendations to be submitted?
    • No – However any copies received will be filed.
  • Does Ohio require combination fertilizer/pesticide products to be registered?
    • Yes, these types of pesticide products must be registered. 
  • How will I know that my firm's product(s) has been registered after submitting an application to Ohio?
    • Once an application has been processed, a Certificate of Registration will be sent to your firm's contact email recorded on the application. A physical copy can be mailed if requested, but email is the primary route of delivery.

Other Registration Types

Minimum Risk Pesticides (Section 25b)

Under Section 25(b) of FIFRA, products which meet several conditions may be exempt from EPA registration. However, these minimum risk products are required to be registered with the State of Ohio. These can be registered using the same Ohio Application for Registration of New Pesticides form as for EPA-registered products. The product label must list all active ingredients by name and percentage, and all inert ingredients must be listed by name (percentage is optional). Separate registrations are required for each product name and alternate brand name that will be distributed in Ohio. The brand names to be registered in Ohio must be exactly the same as the brand name on the product labeling.

25(b) Registration Checklist

  • Ohio Application for Registration of New Pesticides, including:
    • The name and mailing address of the registrant and the name and address of the company whose name will appear on the label, if other than the registrant's name;
    • The contact information of the authorized representative or agent;
    • The product brand name; and
    • The type of registration requested.
  • $150 application fee per product (payable by check, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. American Express is not accepted.)
  • A PDF copy of the current marketplace label, submitted through email or ALSTAR.
  • Agent letter of authorization, if applicable.

Ohio Special Local Need (Section 24c)

Under Section 24(c) of FIFRA, Ohio can approve an additional use of a federally registered pesticide product to meet "special local needs." These registrations are reviewed by US EPA which may disapprove the Ohio registration for the special use if, among other things, the use has been previously denied, disapproved, suspended, or canceled by US EPA. Ohio may only approve these additional uses if the product's composition warrants the proposed claims for it, and it will perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on the environment. To request approval of a Section 24(c) use, please submit EPA Form 8570-25 and supporting documentation to our office, or contact us for additional information.

In order to use these products for the special local need, the applicator or business must have a copy of the Ohio 24(c) supplemental label. These labels can be obtained through the Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program.

Experimental Use Permits (Section 5 EUPs)

Under Section 5 of FIFRA, EPA may authorize the distribution and sale for testing purposes by issuing an Experimental Use Permit (EUP). Please contact our office for additional information about EUPs.

Emergency Exemptions (Section 18)

Under Section 18 of FIFRA, EPA may allow Ohio to permit the unregistered use of a pesticide in a specific area for a limited time if emergency pest conditions exist. Usually these exemptions are used when agricultural growers and others encounter a pest problem on a site for which there is either no registered pesticide available, or for which there is a registered pesticide that would be effective but is not yet approved for use on that particular site. Please contact our office for additional information about Emergency Exemptions.

Labels for current Section 18 products can be obtained through the Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program.