November 24, 2015

EPA Seeks To Vacate Enlist Duo Herbicide FIFRA Registration And Other Recent FIFRA Developments

EPA Seeks To Vacate Enlist Duo Herbicide FIFRA Registration: On November 24, 2015, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Case No. 14-7335, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a motion to vacate voluntarily and remand its registration of Dow AgroSciences LLC’s (DowAgro) Enlist Duo herbicide under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The motion for vacatur is unusual and noteworthy to all pesticide registrants. The case...
November 23, 2015

FDA Approves First Genetically Engineered Animal

On November 19, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had approved AquaBounty Technologies’ application for the genetically engineered (GE) salmon (AquAdvantage Salmon), the first time FDA has approved a GE animal. FDA regulates GE animals under the new animal drug requirements through the Center for Veterinary Medicine in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). FDA states in the news release that it...
November 17, 2015

FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of “Natural”

On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested comment on the use of the term “natural” in the labeling of human food products. The notice states that it is establishing “a docket to receive information and comments on the use of the term ‘natural’ in the labeling of human food products, including foods that are genetically engineered or contain ingredients produced through the use of genetic engineering.” FDA states that this...
November 11, 2015

TSCA: New Requirements for Submitting Section 5 Notices Take Effect in January 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reminded stakeholders that new requirements for submitting Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 notices and support documents will take effect on January 19, 2016. EPA issued a direct final rule on July 20, 2015, amending the TSCA Section 5 electronic reporting regulations. Submitters will be required to use the new Chemical Safety and Pesticide Programs (CSPP) data flow, referred to as the new version of the electronic...
November 9, 2015

Australia Implementing Reforms to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)

As most recently reported in The Acta Group’s (ACTA®) October 28, 2015, Global Regulatory Update, the Australian government is implementing reforms to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). According to an item in the October 6, 2015, issue of The NICNAS Bulletin, the September 2015 implementation plan outlines opportunities for community and industry consultation; timing of legislative and information technology (IT) system...
November 1, 2015

Public Meeting Announced To Discuss Modernizing The Regulatory System For Biotechnology Products Memorandum

On October 30, 2015, a public meeting was held to discuss Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology and Developing a Long-Term Strategy for the Regulation of the Products of Biotechnology (Framework). FDA’s role in responding to the July 2015 memorandum issued by OSTP, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) entitled...
October 21, 2015

FTC Strikes Again—Company Found to Make False and Misleading Biodegradable Claims

On October 20, 2015, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a Final Order with a corresponding Opinion against ECM BioFilms, Inc. (ECM) stating that ECM made false and unsubstantiated environmental claims that its additives for plastics (ECM Plastics) would make treated plastics biodegrade in a landfill. The FTC Final Order and Opinion come two years after FTC issued an administrative complaint against ECM and ten months after an FTC Administrative Law...
October 20, 2015

Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk

On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) hosted “Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk,” a panel discussion featuring Lynn L. Bergeson, Sheryl Lindros Dolan, and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., of B&C, and Todd Kuiken, Ph.D., Senior Program Associate, Synthetic Biology Project, Wilson Center. The event coincided with the release of “The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory...
October 9, 2015

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and the Wilson Center Release Report on Synthetic Biology’s Challenge to U.S. Regulatory Systems

Panel Discussion to Be Held Wednesday, October 15, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) On October 15, 2015, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) will host “Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk,” a panel discussion featuring Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), and Todd Kuiken, Ph.D., Senior Program Associate, Synthetic Biology Project, Wilson Center. The...
October 6, 2015

Biotechnology: OSTP Seeks Comment on Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

On October 6, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit relevant data and information, including case studies that may assist in the development of the proposed update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (CF). The RFI will assist OSTP in clarifying the current roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and...