Minimum Risk Pesticides (25b)

Because EPA has determined that certain "minimum risk pesticides" pose little to no risk to human health or the environment, EPA has exempted them from the requirement that they be registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. This exemption provision is located in 40 CFR 152.25(f). Pesticides are used to control various pests, such as mosquitoes, ticks, rats and mice. Pesticides are also used in agriculture to control weeds, insect infestation and diseases. There are many different types of pesticides; each is meant to be effective against specific pests. Starting in 1996, we exempted such products to reduce the cost and regulatory burdens on businesses and the public for pesticides posing little or no risk, and to focus our resources on pesticides that pose greater risk to humans and the environment. Learn about minimum risk pesticide criteria. View lists of active ingredients and inert ingredients allowed in minimum risk pesticides.