In order to be able to distribute, purchase or use a pesticide in Massachusetts, the product is subject to a Federal and State registration process. The pesticide product must first be registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).
As per the Massachusetts Pesticide Control Act (M.G.L. c 132B), once a pesticide has gone through the U.S. EPA registration process, it must also be registered by the Massachusetts Pesticide Board Subcommittee prior to use in Massachusetts. To be considered for registration, a complete registration application must be submitted to the Department’s Pesticide Program. The registration application must include the Department approved application form, the final product labeling as attached to the product and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
Staff within the Pesticide Program review every pesticide product registration application for compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations. As per state laws and regulations, certain pesticide product registration applications may be pulled for special review by the Department’s technical staff. After the Department processes the application, it is submitted to the Massachusetts Pesticide Board Subcommittee for their consideration.
Like those in many states, the Massachusetts pesticide laws are more restrictive than those of the U.S. EPA. The State may impose additional restrictions on pesticide product registrations for product use in Massachusetts. Such additional restrictions may include reclassification from general use to State Restricted Use. Such reclassification is routinely done for subsurface termiticides and other products; such as, those containing chemicals on the Department’s Groundwater Protection List.
The Pesticide Program fees associated with exam registration, licensing, license renewals, product registration and product registration renewals changed effective February 1, 2010
The Current Massachusetts Pesticide Product Registration Fees are as follows:
- New Pesticide Product Registration: $300
- New Active Ingredient / Product Registration: $750
- Pesticide Product Renewal Registration: $300
- Pesticide Product Renewal Late Fee: $100
- Total Fee for Late Renewal: $400 ($300 + $100)
Pesticide product registrations expire at the end of the State’s fiscal year (FY); which, runs from the first of July to the thirtieth of June in the following calendar year. For example the State FY 2013 will end on June 30, 2013 and State FY 2014 will begin on 07/01/2013 and end on 06/30/2014.
The State FY 2014 Pesticide Product Renewal Forms and Directions were sent to Registrants in early May of 2013 and were due by 06/30/2013. All product registrations that were not renewed 06/30/2013 are subject to a $100 late fee per each different EPA Registration number; consequently, all State FY 2014 RENEWALS (not new registrations) are now subject to $300 Renewal Fee + $100 Late Fee = $400 Fee per different U.S. EPA Registration Number. See the above outline of pesticide product registration fees for more information.
As outline in the Directions of the Renewal Cover Letter , completed pesticide product renewal forms must be sent to the lockbox address below. Do NOT submit them to the Department address above. Please allow sufficient time for the delivery of renewal applications through the U.S.P.S. and courier services.
Via U.S. Mail:
Commonwealth of Mass State Treasurer
P.O. Box 417103
Boston, Ma 02241-417103
Via Overnight Mail/Courier Service:
Bank of America Lockbox Services
Commonwealth of Mass State Treasurer
2 Morrissey BLVD
Dorchester, MA 02125
Links to the various Massachusetts pesticide product registration forms and State Restricted Use Products list are located in the left hand margin of this page. Please contact the Department’s Product Registration Specialist at the top of the page should you have any questions or need such information provided in an alternate format.