Government launches call for pest control product advisory nominations

Foxtail barley herbicide trials in Scott, Saskatchewan.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency will house a new science advisory committee on pest control products.

The Government of Canada has launched a call for nominations for the committee. Those who serve will be expected to “provide advice, as appropriate, prior to certain evidence-based federal decisions on pesticides, including on maximum residue limits.”

In addition, the committee’s role will be to provide scientific advice in response to issues for consideration, including:

  • specific technical aspects of PMRA human health and/or environmental risk assessments;
  • a pesticide’s value in contributing to the management of a relevant pest problem in Canada; and,
  • specific technical aspects of pesticide risk management options.

Health Canada is seeking nominations of experts with a wide range of relevant knowledge and experience, including pesticide use in Canada, environmental fate and modelling, health risk assessment, or pesticide value assessment.

Health Canada is also seeking nominations to assemble a roster of experts to advise the committee on an ad hoc basis, depending on the nature of the issues on the meeting agenda.

The call for nominations is open until March 11, 2022. Appointments will be part of an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process that will strive to reflect the “diverse communities in Canada as well as balanced regional and linguistic representation, and gender parity,” the government says.

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