Forward Regulatory Plan 2019-2021:  Regulations amending the Pest Control Products Incident Reporting Regulation

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending the Pest Control Products Incident Reporting Regulations

Enabling Act

Pest Control Products Act

Description

To clarify incident reporting requirements, reduce regulatory and administrative burden, facilitate the ability to identify trends and analyse data, and address stakeholders’ concerns, without affecting the long-term outcome of improving health and environmental protection.

This regulatory initiative was identified by Health Canada in the Agri-food and Aquaculture Sector Regulatory Review Roadmap.

This regulatory initiative is associated with Health Canada’s stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

These amendments will make the majority of incident reporting requirements between Canada and the U.S. identical, resulting in increased alignment between the two jurisdictions.

In spring 2018, Health Canada consulted with its regulatory counterparts at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the proposed amendments to incident reporting. EPA officials were overall supportive of the proposed amendments, and did not indicate that the differences between Canadian and U.S. requirements posed a risk to trade. Certain areas of these amendments remain out of alignment with the United States regulations. However, for these few unaligned areas, Health Canada has determined that the Canadian requirements are sufficient to effectively monitor and assess pesticide-related incidents.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

These amendments will benefit Canadians by allowing Health Canada to better identify unacceptable risks to health or the environment more quickly, and incorporate those findings into pesticide regulatory decisions in a more responsive manner.

Also, they will simplify the process for businesses to prepare and submit incident reports. This, in turn, will reduce the amount of time it takes to fulfill regulatory requirements and therefore reduce administrative burden.

Consultations

These amendments were discussed with industry stakeholders, starting in 2014. On May 22, 2015, a pre-consultation document that outlined the proposed amendments was published online for a 30-day comment period.

Canadians had the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I, public comment period, which was published December 22, 2018 and lasted 45 days.

The publication of the amendments to the regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II, is expected to take place in spring 2019.

Further information

Additional information can be requested from the Departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Jordan Hancey
Director
Policy, Communications and Regulatory Affairs Directorate
Pest Management Regulatory Agency
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-736-3914
Email address: jordan.hancey@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

October 1, 2018

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