ISSA Praises Congress and President Trump for Reauthorizing PRIA

March 8, 2019 ISSA Praises Congress and President Trump for Reauthorizing PRIA

Earlier today, U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA 4). The agreement reauthorizes an important mechanism for getting new innovative and safe chemical products to market more quickly through 2023.

In response to its passage, ISSA Director of Government Affairs John Nothdurft said, “On behalf of our more than 9,300 members representing the entire cleaning industry, we are extremely thankful to Congress for making PRIA 4 law. PRIA reauthorization will enable manufacturers to innovate new products to combat infectious diseases and protect public health. Our manufacturers of disinfectants and sanitizers will now have the predictability PRIA 4 provides them so they can innovate and bring new disinfectant and sanitizing products to market sooner.”

ISSA has been proactively pushing for passage of PRIA reauthorization on behalf of its members and the entire cleaning industry. The PRIA Coalition, of which ISSA is a founding member, environmental organizations, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began negotiating PRIA 4 in 2016.

The law also increases maintenance fees and makes some changes to registration fee categories and timeframes. Portions of the maintenance fees are to be used to develop efficacy test guidelines for public health pests and for the processing of “fast-track” actions, which are not subject to PRIA fees and timeframes. The law also preserves some fee waivers for small businesses and ensures that supplemental registrations will continue to be exempt from registration fees.

In addition to traditional pesticides, PRIA covers commercial and institutional antimicrobial products, such as disinfectants and sanitizers, that protect public health against the spread of harmful germs, bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Read a summary of the previous and new PRIA provisions here.