17 June 2016
Canada Will Not Issue New Conditional Registrations for Pesticides
Health Canada has announced that it will no longer grant new conditional registrations for pesticides under the Pest Control Products Act and Regulations. For the existing conditional registrations, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency will ensure that any outstanding information is received and reviewed in a timely manner. PMRA notes that due to commitments already made with respect to the generation of new studies it is possible that a limited number of existing conditional registrations will need to be renewed. PMRA anticipates that all remaining conditional registrations will be resolved by 2017.
According to Health Canada, pesticides are registered in Canada only after a rigorous scientific evaluation determines that no harm to human health or the environment will result from exposure or use. In the past, conditional registrations were granted on occasion when the scientific review determined that the risks of a pesticide were acceptable but additional supporting information was required. However, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development recommended a policy change in an autumn 2015 report in an effort to improve the openness and transparency of Canada's pesticide regulatory system by providing the public with an opportunity to be consulted on all major pesticide registration decisions.