Product Registration Unit
Jeanette O'Hare, Manager
The APHIS Wildlife Services (WS) NWRC Registration Unit is responsible for providing data and information to support regulatory approval of new or existing products needed by WS Operations. These products allow the WS Program to more efficiently address wildlife damage issues and protect agriculture, human health, and endangered species or critical habitats. To meet this responsibility, the Registration Unit works closely with APHIS headquarters staff in Riverdale, MD, and with NWRC scientists to ensure that regulatory studies meet U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) regulatory guidelines.
APHIS currently holds registrations through the EPA for 11 active ingredients formulated into 24 federally registered vertebrate pesticide products. These products meet the needs of bird management (five avicides, one avian repellent), rodent management (11 rodenticides and one fumigant), predator management for livestock protection (two predacides and one fumigant), contraceptives for reproductive control (one for white-tailed deer and one for feral and wild horses and burros), and a toxicant for managing brown treesnakes on Guam. These registrations include three anticoagulant rodenticide products recently registered for eradication of rodents in critical island habitats. In addition, APHIS has developed two products that are exempt from EPA registration: an egg oil treatment and a wetting agent for blackbirds and starlings.
APHIS also holds two Investigational New Animal Drug (INAD) authorizations from FDA to permit WS use of two immobilizing agents [alpha-chloralose and propiopromazine hydrochloride (PPZH)].
Vertebrate control products authorized for use by EPA: acetaminophen, gas cartridge, DRC-1339, compound 1080, methiocarb, sodium cyanide, zinc phosphide, strychnine, brodifacoum, diphacinone, M-44, GnRH, egg oil, sodium lauryl sulfate.
Vertebrate control products authorized for investigational purposes by FDA: PPZH, alpha-chloralose.
With the exception of the gas cartridge and strychnine, all APHIS vertebrate pest control products are restricted-use compounds and intended for use by WS employees or people under their direct supervision.
Downloadable Factsheet on Registration