Notice of Intent NOI2019-01, Proposed Amendments to the List of Pest Control Product Formulants and Contaminants of Health or Environmental Concern
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Pest Management Regulatory Agency
9 July 2019
Catalogue number: H113-23/2019-1E-PDF (PDF version)
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Paragraph 43(5)(b) of the Pest Control Products Act authorizes the Minister to establish a list of pest control product formulants and contaminants that the Minister considers to be of health or environmental concern (the List). In accordance with paragraph 43(5)(b) of the Pest Control Products Act, the identity and concentration of a formulant or contaminant on the List are not considered as confidential business information and as such the public will be able to have access to the information. The List was established in 2005 and was last amended in 2008.
“Formulants of concern” are formulants found in registered pest control products that Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has identified as being of significant concern with respect to their potential adverse effects on health or the environment or as being allergens known to cause anaphylactic-type reactions. Formulants of concern must be disclosed on pest control product labels as a condition of registration. The PMRA uses its Regulatory Directive DIR2006-02, Formulants Policy and Implementation Guidance Document to identify formulants of concern for addition to the List.
“Contaminants of concern” are contaminants found in registered pest control products that have been designated for reduction and/or elimination under an international treaty/convention that Canada has ratified or a Canadian government policy/risk management strategy.
The approach and criteria for maintaining the List is found in Regulatory Proposal PRO2019-01, Draft Science Policy Note: Policy on the List of Pest Control Product Formulants and Contaminants of Health or Environmental Concern under 43(5)(b) of the Pest Control Products Act, which is also published for a 60-day public comment period. The proposed policy has been updated from its 2005 version (which was entitled Notice of Intent NOI2005-01, List of Pest Control Product Formulants and Contaminants of Health or Environmental Concern under the New Pest Control Products Act).
Proposed Amendments to the List
The List includes formulants and contaminants of health or environmental concern that are found in pest control products that are currently registered in Canada.
A formulant or contaminant may be removed from the List if:
- it is no longer found in a pest control product registered in Canada; or
- it is no longer considered to adversely affect human health or the environment due to specific/approved use patterns.
If a formulant or contaminant is not on the List (in other words, has been removed), this does not mean that it is no longer of health or environmental concern. The PMRA will assess all applications for the registration of pest control products and will add formulants and contaminants of concern to the List as required.
Proposed amendments to the List are as follows:
The titles of the List’s three Parts would be amended to clarify that they concern only substances “in pest control products registered in Canada”.
The following formulants currently on the List would be removed from Part 1 – Formulants of Health or Environmental Concern.
- Coal-tar creosote, Dimethyl formamide, Dioctyl phthalate, Isophorone, and Rhodamine B are no longer found in registered pest control products in Canada.
- Adipic acid, bis(2-ethylhexyl) ester and Hydroquinone are still found in registered pest control products in Canada; but, based on an assessment of available data the PMRA has concluded that the specific use pattern of the pest control product (in which the formulant can be found) will not adversely affect human health or the environment.
The following formulant would be added to Part 2 – Formulants of Health or Environmental Concern that are known to cause anaphylactic- type reactions:
- Eggs as they are a human health concern and have been designated under the PMRA’s Formulants Policy and Implementation Guidance Document (DIR2006-02) as an allergen known to cause anaphylactic-type reactions.
The following contaminant would be removed from Part 3 – Contaminants of Health or Environmental Concern:
- Dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane (DDT) as it is no longer found in registered pest control products in Canada.
The following contaminants would be added to Part 3 – Contaminants of Health or Environmental Concern:
- Carbon Tetrachloride is an environmental concern and is designated under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
- Lead is a health concern and is designated under the Government of Canada’s Risk Management Strategy for Lead.
- Mercury is a health concern and is designated under the Minamata Convention and the Government of Canada’s Risk Management Strategy for Mercury.
See the attached “Proposed Amendments to the List of Pest Control Product Formulants and Contaminants of Health or Environmental Concern”, which shows how the List would read with the proposed amendments incorporated.
The PMRA invites the public to submit written comments on this proposal up to 60 calendar days from publication. The PMRA will consider all comments received during the 60-day consultation period, while finalizing the order to amend the List.
Please forward all comments to PMRA Publications with the following information: your full name and organization, telephone number, and complete mailing or e-mail address.
Any inquiries should be directed to the PMRA’s Pest Management Information Service by phone (1-800-267-6315) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Proposed Amendments to the List of Pest Control Product Formulants and Contaminants of Health or Environmental Concern
Formulants of Health or Environnmental Concern in Pest Control Products Registered in Canada
CAS Registry Number
Formulants of Health or Environnmental Concern that are Allergens know to cause Anaphylactic-type Reactions in Pest Control Products Registered in Canada
(Includes any protein containing derivative, hydrolyzed plant protein, starch or lecithin of the allergen)
Peanuts or their shells
Tree nuts or their shells
|Contaminant Name||CAS Registry Number|
|Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB)||N/A|
|Polychlorinated dibenzofurans substituted in at least the 2,3,7,8 positions||N/A|
|Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins substituted in at least the 2,3,7,8 positions||N/A|
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