Product Registration Classifications

General Use
A pesticide that when applied in accordance with its directions for use, warnings and cautions, and for the uses for which it is registered, or for one or more such uses or in accordance with a widespread and commonly recognized practice, will not generally cause unreasonable adverse effects to humans or the environment.

Restricted Use
A pesticide that when applied in accordance with its directions for use, warnings and cautions, and for the uses for which it is registered, or for one or more such uses or in accordance with a widespread and commonly recognized practice, may generally cause, without additional regulatory restrictions, unreasonable adverse effects on the environment. Such designations may be made by the U.S. EPA or the Massachusetts Pesticide Board Subcommittee.

A pesticide product that is classified for Restricted Use can be sold only by a Licensed Dealers to Certified Applicators because of the inherent hazards posed by the pesticide to humans and/or the environment.

State Limited Use
A pesticide product or particular use of a pesticide product for which the Massachusetts Pesticide Board Subcommittee has determined the following:

  • That the product or particular use of the product is restricted to certain individuals; and
  • That such product or uses of the product require written permission from the Department prior to each use; or
  • That the Pesticide Board Subcommittee has determined that the product should be restricted in some other manner.

Product Registration Types

Experimental Use
A pesticide for which a temporary permit for use is granted for the purpose of testing under specified conditions consistent with and no less stringent than the applicable Federal requirements.

Special Local Needs
A special State registration of a U.S. EPA registered pesticide product that permits specific and limited additional uses within the State and is distributed with approved supplemental labeling to cover such additional uses within the state to meet a specific special local need.