Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)

The United States federal and state regulatory landscape associated with water treatment products and technologies is complex, ever changing and unforgiving. Water treatment technologies are regulated across a spectrum of federal, state and local laws. From a federal perspective, there is often the misunderstanding that water treatment technologies are regulated primarily under the Safe Drinking Water Act or the Clean Water Act. However, products and technologies that control “pests”, such as bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa or slime, are also regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). FIFRA is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs. It is important that Water Quality Association (WQA) members understand that certification to NSF/ANSI standards does not exempt water treatment products from FIFRA obligations.

FIFRA Task Force

In 2015 and 2016, WQA worked with FIFRA Consultants to develop an educational document to help assist members to navigate the regulations. In 2021, we saw a rise in member issues surrounding FIFRA leading to the development of the FIFRA Task Force. The group has been charged with exploring the regulatorions and comparing industry standards to assess a possible alternative pathway to compliance or exemption for water treatment systems. Contact govaffairs@wqa.org to get involved.

Please click here to download the FIFRA educational document.