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1.1 This test method measures the efficacy of ready-to-use dry bait formulations prepared with single-dose acute rodenticides for the control of commensal rodents, including the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus), roof rat (R. rattus), and the house mouse (Mus Musculus). This test method may also be applicable to some other species of rodents having similar behavioral patterns, physiology, and feeding preferences.

1.2 This test method is for use in developing efficacy data.

1.3 This test method also provides manufacturers, formulators, and other with a test procedure for monitoring product quality.

1.4 This test method, within limits, enables users of large quantities of commercial rodenticides to evaluate the efficacy of specific lots, or compare the efficacy of different formulations and different toxicants, or both.

1.5 This test method reduces many variables, thereby permitting replication or duplication of tests with reasonable accuracy.

1.6 This test method is not intended to be so restrictive that it will inhibit incentives towards the development of safer or more effective compounds or innovative approaches to bait formulations.

1.6.1 When justified by sound biological data or logical conclusions based on sound data, reasonable variations to some items in the test protocol may be made.

1.7 To ensure the quality and reliablity of data developed using this test method, good laboratory practices should be followed (see 4.1).

1.8 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for infomation only.

1.9 This test method represents the combined, several-year efforts of more than 70 scientists, users, and laboratory specialists from several countries and has not been superseded by better documentation (1995); therefore, it is the view of the committee that it be continued for the reference benefit fo any new concerns in the United States and abroad.

1.10 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.