Grower Requested Own Use Program

The Grower Requested Own Use (GROU) program is administered by Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and allows Canadian growers to import and use foreign versions of Canadian registered products. Before products are accepted in the GROU program, they are evaluated by scientists to identify if any chemical differences may lead to increased health or environmental risks.

As the federal regulator of pesticides, it is PMRA's responsibility to help ensure that every person who is granted an Import Certificate is aware of their responsibilities under the GROU Program. Those responsibilities are outlined in the updated sections below.

For those growers who choose to have assistance with the importation of a GROU approved product, note that all of their responsibilities remain in effect. A copy of the approved Import Certificate will be sent to the grower with a covering letter.

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