ARMED FORCES PEST MANAGEMENT BOARD
PESTICIDES COMMITTEE CHARTER
1. Purpose: The AFPMB has approval authority for introduction, deletion, and
standardization of pest management material, including pesticides, in the military supply
system. DoD Instruction 4150.7, enclosure (7), provides the policy and procedures to be
followed. This includes a mission responsibility to "serve as a scientific advisory body"
and to "provide timely, scientific, and professional pest management advice" to the DoD
Components. The Pesticides Committee functions as the technical review group for
pesticide stocking and issuance of National Stock Numbers (NSNs) and develops
recommendations for consideration by the Council. The Committee reviews data on the
uses of pesticide products, test evaluations from the Department of Agriculture (USDA),
independent laboratories and/or state universities to substantiate manufacturer's claims,
cost comparisons with similar pesticides' safety and, toxicology, and EPA registration.
a. Provide technical support and joint professional opinions for the Council in the
following areas related to the Committee's designated specialty:
(1) Evaluation and development of recommendations relative to pesticide
problems, topics, or material.
(2) Development of proposed DoD pesticides policy.
(3) Evaluation and development of recommendations for pest management
research and development conducted by supporting USDA laboratories, in-house
laboratories and DoD/Component research contracts.
(4) Development of requirements and information for proposed Technical
Guides (TGs) or other technical information packages to be made available to pest
(5) Review of proposals from Components HQs for national stock
numbering of pesticide products to meet DoD needs.
(6) Review and comment on any proposed federal regulations (especially
EPA regulatory actions), DoD or Component directives, standards, specifications,
b. Review requests for the assignment, cancellation and maintenance of National
Stock Numbers (NSNs) for pesticides in the Federal Supply Class (FSC) 6840. (See the
attached Standard Operating Procedure).
c. Provide liaison and interface between the Board, its committees, and other
governmental agencies, or industry related to the Committee's designated specialty.
d. Review applicable TGs annually or as directed by the Chair.
e. Complete other responsibilities of a standing committee in the current Policies
and Procedures of the AFPMB.
f. The Pesticides Committee reviews, coordinates with, and implements
recommendations from other committees.
3. Operating Procedures: See the attached SOP.
a. All military services will be represented on an equitable basis, whenever
possible, to represent each Component's engineering and medical organizations.
b. The Chair will be an AFPMB member or agency representative, preferably
with significant knowledge of pesticides and experience in logistics.
c. The Executive Director shall appoint an ex-officio member.
d. At the call of the Committee Chair, advisors (medical, operational or other
specific areas of expertise) shall be requested to participate in specific reviews.
e. Representation by the DLA/DSCR for FSC 6840 is essential and required for
the Committee to function effectively.
f. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs, liaison member active participation to
discuss EPA actions and procedures is essential for Committee effectiveness.
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (SOP)
ARMED FORCES PEST MANAGEMENT BOARD
October 17, 2006
1. PURPOSE: This document establishes standard procedures for the operation of
the Pesticides Committee, and for the review of requests for the assignment, cancellation
and maintenance of NSNs for pesticides.
a. Operating procedures for the AFPMB Pesticides Committee:
(1) Discussion and voting procedures for the official meeting shall follow
Robert's Rules of Order.
(2) Responsibilities of Committee Membership.
(a) The Pesticides Committee Chair is responsible for drafting the
agenda using input from the Committee members and the Executive Director, Armed
Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB).
(b) Each Committee member is responsible for reviewing the
information related to the agenda prior to attending the official meeting.
(c) The Vice Chair of the Pesticides Committee will officiate at the
scheduled meeting in the absence of the Chair and will act as recorder and
parliamentarian (on questions of order) at all official meetings.
(3) The agenda will be finalized no later than 2 weeks prior to each
scheduled meeting and mailed with appropriate background information no later than 1
week prior to the meeting.
(4) Agenda items received after the 2-week deadline will be postponed to
the next scheduled meeting unless otherwise determined by the Committee Chair or the
Executive Director, AFPMB.
(5) The Committee Chair will prepare a committee report using the
standard format and present the report and recommendations to the Council for adoption.
b. The flowchart in Appendix A outlines the decision making process/procedure
and audit trail for requests. The flowchart will be followed on all requests, including
those for assignment of NSNs.
c. The Committee Chair shall appoint subcommittees, as issues of magnitude
3. EXPLANATIONS: Actions requiring additional explanation, beyond that
described in the flowchart at Appendix A are listed.
a. Is their sufficient information available for determination by the Pesticides
b. Directorate forwards information to Pesticides Committee members for
evaluation for tri-Service use.
c. Review procedure.
(1) Is there potential for tri-Service use? Consider where and how often
item could be used, as well as the following:
(g) U.S. Made
(h) Disposal Requirements
(i) Other agency use data
(2) Is there potential for use of this item during contingency operations by
military field units? Consider the guidelines in Appendix B. Guidelines will also be
reviewed for selection of non-contingency pesticides where commercial item descriptions
d. Is there a military/federal specification or commercial item description
covering this pesticide?
e. AFPMB Directorate should acquire additional information for evaluation at
next Committee meeting. Committee Chair may appoint a subcommittee or member to
receive and evaluate the information for presentation to the full Committee at the next
f. Recommend that the AFPMB Directorate request DSCR to initiate a fully
coordinated military specification or commercial item description.
g. Recommend that the AFPMB Directorate notify the requesting component that
NSN assignment was not recommended and/or that an issue paper is required. If justified,
disseminate this information in the TIB.
h. Recommend AFPMB Directorate provide DLA/DSCR the data requirements
for NSN assignment as outlined in Appendix C.
4. Changes: Changes to these procedures shall be made only at a regular meeting of the
Approved by the Pesticides Committee on the 17th day of November 2000.
Re-approved 17 October 2006.
Appendix A: DoD Pesticide Procurement Flow Chart
Appendix B: Guidelines for Selection of Contingency Pesticides
These criteria are guidelines for avoiding problems experienced in the past. Few, if any,
present or future contingency-use pesticides will adhere to all applicable criteria.
However, following the guidelines as closely as possible will undoubtedly reduce
problems with procurement, transport, storage, and use of pesticides designated for
A. Pesticide Properties
1. Choose broad-spectrum pesticides labeled for as many uses/sites/pests as
possible (as opposed to a chemical with very limited and specific uses).
2. Restricted use pesticides should not be placed on contingency lists unless no
suitable general use alternative exists.
3. Of two equally efficacious pesticides, choose the one that is less hazardous to
the applicator and the environment.
4. Avoid extremely persistent pesticides such as the cyclodienes.
5. Choose formulations that can be applied with several types of dispersal
equipment. Avoid wettable powders that require constant agitation.
6. Choose concentrates such as emulsifiable concentrates, water-soluble powders,
and ULV concentrates over diluted material to reduce weight and cube. Most granular
pesticides, due to their dilution and/or bulk, are inappropriate for contingency use.
7. Do not choose a pesticide to which significant resistance has been
B. Chemical and Physical Properties (facilitating air transport in accordance with
Department of Transportation and Joint Service regulations).
1. Flash point above 140oF. Materials with flash points above 140oF have far less
stringent packaging, transport and storage requirements than those with flash points
2. LD50 (ORAL RAT) greater than 50 mg/kg, LD50 (DERMAL) greater than 200
mg/kg, LC50 (INHALATION) greater than 2 mg/1. Materials not meeting these criteria
are regulated as Class B Poisons requiring special packaging for air-transport
C. Packaging and storage considerations:
1. Metal containers are no larger than 5 gallons, appropriate for the hazard
classification of material. Paper bags or cardboard boxes shall not be used as primary
containers for dusts. For air transport, containers must be unopened or else contained in a
sealed over-pack container.1
2. Performance Oriented Packaging (POP) - air transportable containers
(HM181), certification for air transportation is required for the international air transport
of all hazardous materials. Adherence to additional packaging and storage requirements
based upon chemical properties will ensure safe storage and transportation of pesticides.
3. Lusterless olive green or olive drab containers. While not a necessity for all
products, this criterion is critical for repellents, aerosols, and other formulations used for
personal protection by individuals in field situations.
4. No known deterioration of product formulation or efficacy at product
temperatures between 20oF and 110oF (-7oC and 43oC).
5. Durable, waterproof label on each container.
6. Shelf life of least two years before shelf life extension testing required.
Items not acceptably packaged for military air transport, including 5-gallon cans, can be
over-packed in an authorized container. However there is no single over-pack container
for every situation, and Air Force Joint Manual 24-20 (Army TM 38-250), Navy
NAVSUP PUB 505, MCO P4030.19, DLAI 4145.3 and 49CFR, must be consulted in
Appendix 3: Pesticide Data Requirements for NSN Assignments
Type of Item -
Federal Supply Class -
Proposed Item Name -
Manufacturer's Item Name -
EPA Registration No. - (Copy of EPA Label Required)
Physical Characteristics -
Flash Point -
Unit of Issue -
Item References or Part No. -
Sole Source - Yes or No
Manufacturer Name(s) -
Federal Supply Code of Manufacturer (CAGE) -
Manufacturer's Product Information Enclosed - Yes or No
Procurement Information Source -
Government Reference Documents - Yes or No
Procurement Information Source -
Government Reference Documents - Yes or No
Specification Required - Yes or No
Special Packaging/Packing Requirements - Yes or No
Child Resistant Packaging Required IAW 40 CFR 157 & 162? Yes or No
Special Transportation Requirements - Yes (Attached) or No
Annual Estimated DoD Demand
Estimated/Actual Price per Unit
Supply Status Code - Stocked (1), Local Purchase (2), Direct Delivery (3), Overseas
Support Only (7)
To be stocked by -
Using Military Service - DLA, USA, USAF, USMC, USN, Other
Appendix 4: Contingency-Use Pesticides Data for NSN Cataloging
(Required only when material is regulated for transportation purposes)
Manufacturer's Product Name -
DOT proper shipping name -
Hazard Class -
Specific DOT packaging paragraph which applies -