The Massachusetts Pesticide Control Act (M.G.L. 132B ) was passed in 1978 with the purpose of conforming the laws of Massachusetts with federal requirements on registration and certification of pesticides as set forth in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the federal regulations thereunder. The Massachusetts Pesticide Control Act also created within the Department the Massachusetts Pesticide Board. 

The thirteen member board consists of representatives of the Department of Agricultural Resources, Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Food and Drugs, Department of Fish and Game, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Public Health, as well as farming, commercial pesticide applicators, pesticide toxicology, the environmental community, the medical community, and citizens at large.


The Board's responsibilities entail advising the Commissioner of Agricultural Resources with respect to the implementation and administration of M.G.L. c. 132B . The Board also hears appeals of those aggrieved by the actions or decisions of the Department or the Subcommittee of the Pesticide Board. The Pesticide Control Act, additionally, assigns the Board the responsibility for approving a variety of Departmental actions. Among the actions requiring Board approval include:

All regulations, standards and forms proposed by the Department to implement and administer the Pesticide Control Act.

  • Cooperative agreements and contracts with respect to M.G.L. c. 132B and FIFRA. 
  • Action necessary to secure for the Commonwealth the benefits of FIFRA and other federal legislation.
  • Declarations of pests and devices to be subject to the provisions of M.G.L. c. 132B .

Pesticide Board Subcommittee

The Massachusetts Pesticide Control Act also created within the Pesticide Board, a Subcommittee which has the responsibility of registering all pesticides for use in the Commonwealth and for issuing all experimental use permits.


The Massachusetts Pesticide Board is required to meet four times annually, usually on the first Wednesday of the Month when a meeting is scheduled.  The meeting of the Pesticide Board and Subcommittee are open to the public unless they go into executive session. 

To receive electronic notices of meetings, other materials related to the Board, or if you have questions, please contact our office.