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Satisfactory criteria for registration of vertebrate pesticides, other than for commensal rodents, are largely lacking. Even those that are available have not made their way fully through the bureaucratic processes of EPA. Recognizing the difficulty of standardizing pesticide registration, EPA in 1973 requested that the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) consider establishing a committee on pesticides for the purpose of writing consensus standards, guidelines, and practice statements. The resulting committee of more than 400 biological scientists and chemists from academia, industry, and regulatory agencies has prepared standards on many phylogenetic areas.