Federal government launches targeted review of the Pest Control Products Act 

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The Government of Canada has released a discussion document and opened public consultation to begin a review of specific provisions of the Pest Control Products Act.

The review, listed in the health minister’s mandate letter, is looking for ideas and input of 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 pesticide review process;
  • Improve transparency and stakeholder accessibility to information to bolster meaningful participation in decision making; and,
  • Increasing the use of real-world data and independent advice in the decision-making process to better inform decisions to protect human and environmental health.

PMRA is planning the broadest possible engagement on its review of the Pest Control Products Act, the government says. In addition to inviting comments from Canadians, consultation sessions will be held with provincial and territorial governments, non-governmental organizations, academia, Indigenous communities, consumer groups, user groups, and manufacturers.

The Government of Canada says it is “committed to continuing to make decisions based on the best science available, however we also know that Canadians expect further transparency in regulatory decisions, with more efficient and effective review processes and increased use of real-world and independent data.”

The consultation period will run for 60 days, from March 21 until May 20, 2022.

To access the discussion document and to add your comments, tap here.

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