Regulatory Brief

 Pet Spot-On Analysis and Mitigation Plan

Formal title: Docket Number [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0229; FRL-8816-8] Pet Spot-On Analysis and Mitigation Plan Available for Public Comment; Notice of Availability

Brief Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of its analysis of the data collected as a result of the Agency's awareness of increasing numbers of incidents associated with registered pet spot-on products to control fleas and ticks and a mitigation plan. The analysis consists of a Technical Review Document and Data Evaluation Records for pet spot-on products. The Agency requested comments on the necessary mitigation, including how best to effectively implement these measures.

AVMA Response:

The AVMA applauds the EPA for its continued efforts to ensure the safety of pesticides used to relieve animal pain and suffering. The AVMA appreciates the EPA's recent initiative to examine the reasons for which adverse event incidents associated with pet spot-on products have risen, and to help minimize any safety concerns by ensuring clear label directions, effective pre-marketing testing, and strong post-marketing surveillance. The AVMA finds the intent laudable and shares its recommended ways forward as the EPA considers various mitigation steps affecting pet spot-on products.

Background Document:

View Federal Register document (PDF)


The AVMA responded on May 17, 2010. (PDF)

The EPA released a summary of its meetings with spot-on product registrants.

AVMA's advice on the safe use of flea and tick products in pets

EPA's Response to Comments on the docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0229 Pet Spot-on Analysis and Mitigation Plan