Acronyms in USDA, EPA, and Other Documents


AAPCO American Association of Pest Control Officials
AAPSE American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators
ABPA Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act (2002)
AChE Acetylcholinesterase
ACRC Ag Container Recycling Council
ACSH American Council on Science and Health
AE Acid Equivalent
AEOC APHIS Emergency Operations Center
AGDCI Agricultural Data Call-In
AHETF Agricultural Handlers Exposure Task Force
AI Active Ingredient
ANT Acute Neuro-Toxicity (Study)
aPAD Acute Population Adjusted Dose
APHIS Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
APSCRO Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials
AR Anticipated Residue
ARIA Alternative Risk Integration and Assessment
ARS Agricultural Research Service
ARTF Agricultural Reentry Task Force
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
ATTRA Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
AWQGP Agriculture Water Quality Grant Program
AWWA American Water Works Association
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BCF Bioconcentration Factor
BEAD Biological Effects Analysis Division in OPP
BIFS Biologically Integrated Farming Systems
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BMP Best Management Practice
BPPD Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division in OPP
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C & T Certification and Training
CALFED California Bay-Delta Authority
CARAT Committee to Advise on Reassessment and Transition
CARES Cumulative and Aggregate Risk Evaluation System
CASM Comprehensive Aquatic Systems Model
CCC California Coastal Commission
CCFL Codex Committee on Food Labeling
CCOF California Certified Organic Farmers
CCPR Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
CDC Centers for Disease Control
CDPR California Department of Pesticide Regulation
CEQA California Environmental Quality Act
CES Cooperative Extension Service
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
ChEI Cholinesterase inhibition
CMBS Carbamate Market Basket Survey
cPAD Chronic Population Adjusted Dose
CPDA Chemical Producers and Distributors Association
CPHST Center for Plant Health Sciences and Technology
CRA Cumulative Risk Assessment
CRP Conservation Reserve Program
CSA Community Supported Agriculture
CSANR Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
CSF Confidential Statement of Formula
CSFII (USDA) Continuing Surveys for Food Intake by Individuals
CSPA Chemical Specialty Products Association
CSREES Cooperative States Research, Education and Extension Service
C & T Certification and Training
CTAG Certification and Training Assessment Group in USEPA
CUE Critical Use Exemption (for methyl bromide)
CWA (Federal) Clean Water Act
CWPB Certification and Worker Protection Branch in USEPA
CWS Community Water Systems
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DCI Data Call In
DEEM Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model
DFR Dislodeable Foliar Residue
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DOD Department of Defense
DoI Department of the Interior
DWLOC Drinking Water Level of Concern
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EC Emulsifiable Concentrate
EDEN Extension Disaster Education Network
EDMVAC Endocrine Disruptor Methods Validation Advisory Committee
EDSP Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program
EDSTAC Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee
EEC Estimated Environmental Concentration
EFED Environmental Fate and Effects Division
EFSA European Food Safety Authority
ELISA Enzyme-linked Immunoabsorbent Assay
EP End-Use Product
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EQIP Environmental Quality Incentives Program
EUP End Use Product
EUP Experimental Use Permit
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FAS Foreign Agriculture Service
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEAD Field and External Affairs Division
FFDCA Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
FIFRA Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
FOB Functional Observation Battery
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FQPA Food Quality Protection Act
FR Federal Register
FSA Farm Service Agency
FWS (U.S.) Fish and Wildlife Service
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G Granular (formulation)
GAO Government Accounting Office
GAP Good Agricultural Practices
GHP Good Handling Practices
GIPSA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
GIS Geographic Information System
GLP Good Laboratory Practices
GMO Genetically Modified Organism
GPS Global Positioning System
GRAS Generally Regarded as Safe
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HAFT Highest Average Field Trial


Health Effects Division of Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) in USEPA
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ICCVAM Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods
ICR Information Collection Request
IFOAM International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements
IGR Insect Growth Regulator
IIFG Inert Ingredient Focus Group
IPM Integrated Pest Management
IPPC Integrated Plant Protection Center
IR Index Reservoir
IR-4 Interregional Research Project #4
IRED Interim Registration Eligibility Document
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JJEIOG Joint Emissions Inventory Oversight Group
JMPR Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues
JEIOG Joint Emissions Inventory Oversight Group
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K list Listed Hazardous Wastes from Specific Sources
Kd Soil-water Partition Coefficient
Kg Kilogram
KP Permeability Coefficient
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LADD Lifetime Average Daily Dose
LC50 Median Lethal Concentration
LD50 Median Lethal Dose
LGU Land Grant University; a college or university that has been designated by its state legislature or Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890.
LIVE Low Input Viticulture and Enology
LOAEC Lowest Observed Adverse Effect Concentration
LOAEL Lowest Observed Adverse Effect Level
LOD Limit of Detection
LOC Level of Concern
LOEC Lowest Observed Effect Concentration
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MATC Maximum Acceptable Toxicant Concentration
MCFA Minor Crops Farmer Alliance
MCL Maximum Contaminant Level
MOE Margin of Exposure
MRID Master Record Identification (number)
MRL Maximum Residue Level
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NACEPT National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
NAPIS National Agricultural Pest Information System
NAS National Academy of Sciences
NASDA National Agriculture State Departments of Agriculture
NASS National Agricultural Statistical Service
NAWG National Association of Wheat Growers
NAWQA National Water Quality Assessment Program
NCAP National Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
NCEA National Center for Environmental Assessment
NCPFL National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns
NEHA National Environmental Health Association
NEETF National Environmental Education and Training Foundation
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NERL National Exposure Research Laboratory
NETAC National Effluent Toxicity Assessment Center
NHANES National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service
NOAEC No Observed Adverse Effect Concentration
NOAEL No Observed Adverse Effect Level
NPB National Plant Board
NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPDN National Plant Diagnostic Network
NPFD National Pesticide Field Data
NPIC National Pesticide Information Center
NPMA National Pest Management Association
NPS Non-Point Source
NPSA National Pesticide Stewardship Alliance
NRC National Research Council
NRCS National Resources Conservation Service
NRDC National Resources Defense Council
NSF National Science Foundation
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OAR Office of Air and Radiation
OCIA Organic Crop Improvement Association
OECA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
OEHHA (California) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
OFRF Organing Farming and Research Foundation
OGC Office of General Counsel
OHS Office of Homeland Security
OMB Office of Management and Budget
OMRI Organic Materials Review Institute
OP Organophosphate
OPEI Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation
OPMP Office of Pest management Policy of USDA
OPP Office of Pesticide Programs (USEPA)
OPPTS Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (USEPA)
ORD Office of Research and Development
ORETF Outdoor Residential Exposure Task Force
OSCP Office of Science Coordination and Policy
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OTCO Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
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PAD Population Adjusted Dose
PAMS PAMS Approach (Prevention, Avidance, Monitoring, Suppression) to the Practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
PAS Pesticide Applicator Training [Program] (renamed PSEP or Pesticide Safety Education Program)
PAT Pesticide Applicator Training [Program] (renamed PSEP or Pesticide Safety Education Program)
PCA Percent Crop Area
PCA Pest Control Advisor
PDCI Product Specific Data Call-In
PDP Pesticide Data Program (in USDA)
PESP Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program
PGR Plant Growth Regulator
PHED Pesticide Handler’s Exposure Data
PHI Pre-harvest Interval
PIAP Pesticide Impact Assessment Program (no longer funded)
PIP Plant Incorporated Protectants
PMRA (Canada’s) Pest Management Regulatory Agency
PNS Peripheral Nervous System
POD Point of Departure
POP Persistent Organic Pollutant
PPDC Pesticide Program Dialog Committee
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PPLS Pesticide Product Label System
PPQ (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine
PRA Preliminary Risk Assessment
PRAPeR Pesticide Risk Assessment Peer Review
PRN Pesticide Registration Notice
PRSB Policy and Regulatory Services Branch
PSEP Pesticide Safety Education Program (formerly PAT)
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Q1 Carcinogenic Potential of a Compound, Quantified by EPA’s Cancer Risk Model
QAI Quality Assurance International
QRC Quality Review Committee (of SAB)
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RAC Raw Agricultural Commodity
RCRA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
RD Registration Division
RED Reregistration Eligibility Document
REI Re-entry Interval
REO Regional Environmental Officer
RfD Reference Dose
RISE Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment
RPA Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives
RPF Relative Potency Factor
RPM Reasonable and Prudent Measures
RQ Risk Quotient
RTU Ready to Use
RUP Restricted Use Pesticide
RWQCB Regional Water Quality Control Board
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SAB (EPA) Scientific Advisory Board
SAP Scientific Advisory Panel
SARA Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
SARE Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act
SF Safety Factor
SLN Special Local Need (Section 24(c) of FIFRA)
SPHVCC State Public Health Vector Control Conference
SPIREG State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group
SRRD Special Review and Reregistration Division
SSPA Sound Science Policy Alliance
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T-REX Terrestrial Residue Exposure (model)
TEP Typical End-Use Product
TGAI Technical Grade Active Ingredient
TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load
TOR Threshold of Regulation
TRAC Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee
TRED Tolerance Registration Eligibility Document
TSCA Toxic Substances Control Act
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UF Uncertainty Factor
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USFWS United States Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS United States Geological Survey
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V/L Volume-to-Liquid (ratio)
Vac Vacuum
VCP Voluntary Cleanup Program
VCS Vapor Collection System
VE Visual Emissions
VEO Visible Emission Observation
VHAP Volatile Hazardous Air Pollutant
Visc Viscosity
VOC Volatile Organic Compound
VOM Volatile Organic Material
VP Vapor Pressure
VSD Virtually Safe Dose
VSI Visual Site Inspection
VSS Volatile Suspended Solids
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WETEC Wheat Export Trade Education Committee
WD Wind Direction
WIPMC Western Integrated Pest Management Center
WMI Watershed Management Initiative
WP Wettable Powder
WPS Worker Protection Standards
WQ Water Quality
WQS Water Quality Standard
WSCIA Washington State Crop Improvement Association
WSDA Washington State Department of Agriculture
WSP Water Soluble Powder
WWF Wet Weather Flow
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XC X-ray Crystallography
XHV Extreme High Vacuum
XRF X-ray Fluorescence
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YTD Year to Date
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Z list The OSHA table of Permissible Exposure Limits, so named because the tables are identified as Z-1, Z-2, and Z-3
ZD Zero Drift
ZID Zone of Initial Dilution
ZM Zone Manager
ZRL Zero Risk Level