Federal government initiates targeted review of pesticides law – RealAgriculture

The Canadian government has published a discussion document and opened a public consultation to begin reviewing certain provisions of the Pest Control Products Act.

The review, detailed in the Secretary of Health’s letter of engagement, is seeking ideas and input from Canadians and stakeholders on how the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) can “transform” its work in the following areas:

  • Strengthen human health and environmental protection by modernizing the testing method for pesticides;
  • Improving transparency and stakeholders’ access to information to encourage meaningful participation in decision-making; and,
  • Increased use of real-world data and independent advice in the decision-making process to make more informed decisions to protect human and environmental health.

The PMRA plans to do its utmost to review the Pest Control Products Act, the government says. In addition to inviting Canadians to comment, consultation sessions will be held with provincial and territorial governments, non-governmental organizations, academia, indigenous communities, consumer groups, user groups and manufacturers.

The Canadian government says it is “firmly committed to continuing to make decisions based on the best available science, but we also know that Canadians expect more transparency in regulatory decisions, with more efficient and effective review processes and increased use of real and independent procedural data.”

The consultation period is 60 days, from March 21 to May 20, 2022.

Tap here to access the discussion document and add your comments.

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