National Pesticide Information Center



Pesticide Regulations

Pesticides are regulated by various state, federal and international agencies that balance the costs and benefits of pesticides to society. They try to identify the potential risks on human health and the environment, determine how much exposure may occur, and create tailored risk mitigation measures to minimize risks. At the Federal and state levels, regulators use pesticide product labeling to communicate rules and regulations, including requirements to protect workers, children, wildlife and the environment.

Federal agencies typically set the primary regulations for pesticides, then state and local agencies may add additional regulations. Federal agencies work cooperatively with state agencies to register pesticides, license and educate applicators and investigate pesticide problems.

To learn more about how pesticides are regulated by the various agencies, visit these resources:

Not sure where to look? Consider reviewing the pages listed above, call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated April 1, 2014