The Pesticide Control Office utilizes permitting, registration, and certification mechanisms to monitor regulated pesticide activities and managed apiaries. These mechanisms allow the Office to schedule routine compliance inspections of pest management businesses, growers, seed treaters, and managed bee apiaries in accordance with a Neutral Inspection Scheme (NIS). The NIS allows for a non-arbitrary method of identifying inspection targets and the neutral selection of establishments for inspection. This NIS was developed by the Office to meet or exceed the minimum requirements of the Community’s Pesticide Code, Apiary Registration Code, and the EPA Pesticide Collaborative Cooperative Agreement Guidance requirements.
The targeting criteria designed in the NIS are to ensure:
Equal treatment of all entities who conduct a pesticide regulated activity, operate a pest management business, or managed apiary within the Community;
Inspections occur on a regular and consistent basis; and
No pesticide regulated activity, person, pest management business, or managed apiary is inspected at a greater frequency than others without justification.