Upon request OEHHA provides advice and recommendations to Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) concerning human health risks posed by pesticides that are to be used or already used in California. For more information on this process, go to DPR-RA-Process. OEHHA's role in the DPR’s risk assessment and management process is represented by the diagram below (Click on image to enlarge):
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As part of the registration process for pesticide active ingredients, OEHHA reviews petitions submitted by pesticide manufacturers to DPR to waive mandatory health effects studies. DPR is required to seek OEHHA’s concurrence before granting approval of data waivers.
OEHHA reviews protocols for experimental pesticide exposure studies involving human subjects to ensure high scientific quality and use of ethical procedures.
OEHHA has joint and mutual responsibility with DPR to develop regulations to protect workers exposed to pesticides in agricultural settings.