User Requested How to Apply for a User Requested Minor Use Registration

The following is an overview of the application process to register a new active ingredient and end-use product that is registered in another Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country. The process is reserved for user requests. Before making an application, please read Regulatory Directive User Requested Minor Use Registration.

Step 1: Eligibility for the User Requested Minor Use Registration Program

A product is eligible for the User Requested Minor Use Registration (URMUR) program if:

  • the active ingredient and the end-use product are registered in another OECD country but not in Canada;
  • the last major review on the active ingredient is less than 5 years old; and
  • registration of the product has not been previously suspended, cancelled or voluntarily withdrawn in Canada due to health or environmental concerns, or found to be unacceptable for registration in Canada or other country.

Step 2: Proposal for registration and submission to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency

After consultation with the Provincial Minor Use Coordinator (PMUC), the user group or a PMUC communicates with the manufacturer to confirm the company's interest in registering their product for the Canadian market.

The manufacturer requests the list of data requirements specific to the requested crop pest product combination from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and submits the data package for review to the PMRA. Included in the data package are the reviews from other OECD countries and letters of support from grower groups.

Step 3: Timelines

The PMRA screens the data package to ensure that the program criteria are met and that all required information has been included.

A complete submission under the User Requested Minor Use Registration (URMUR) program takes approximately twelve months to evaluate. The process may take longer if it becomes clear during the review that additional information is required in order to assess health risks, environmental risks, product efficacy or crop tolerance.

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