Wiley Rein LLP, US

Keith Matthews has practiced environmental law focussing on the regulation of chemicals and genetically engineered organisms for over 25 years. He has practiced in the private sector, and for over 13 years was a staff attorney and Assistant General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He then served for four years as the Director of the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD) in EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). Now, as Of Counsel with Wiley Rein LLP, his practice focusses on the regulation of chemical products, including biotechnology products regulated by EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Keith counsels and advises his clients using his breadth of knowledge on a variety of statutes, including the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Plant Protection Act.

Day 3 – Session 6: Regulatory Challenges & Barriers to Solutions

Regulatory Challenges & Barriers to Solutions


The regulatory scheme applicable to agricultural inputs in the United States is extremely complex. This is true whether the input is a conventional, microbial, or biochemical pesticide, or if the input is a microbial organism that is intended to enhance the growth characteristics or alter certain phytophysiological responses of a plant. My talk will discuss the various authorities, requirements, and regulatory nuances that can confound the unwary technology developer.