Consultation on special reviews of pymetrozine and its associated end-use products, Proposed Special Review Decision PSRD2020-04
Health Canada is consulting Canadians over the next 45 days on its proposed special review decision for pymetrozine. This document is proposing to confirm the current registration of pymetrozine products for sale in use in Canada with proposed changes to mitigate risk, including:
- the cancellation of outdoor uses
- additional risk mitigation measures for greenhouse uses.
Pymetrozine is an insecticide used for the control of aphids in leafy vegetables (Crop Group 4), potatoes, highbush blueberries, tobacco, Rhodiola rosea, outdoor ornamentals, greenhouse vegetables (pepper, tomato, cucumber and eggplant) and to control Balsam twig aphid on Christmas trees. It is also registered for the control of aphids and the reduction of whiteflies on ornamental plants in greenhouses. A list of products containing pymetrozine can be found in Pesticide Label Search database results.
After assessing the aspects of concern that prompted the special reviews, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency proposes cancelling outdoor uses of pymetrozine products on:
- leafy vegetables (Crop Group 4)
- highbush blueberries
- Rhodiola rosea
- outdoor ornamentals
- Christmas trees
Meanwhile, additional risk mitigation measures for greenhouse uses will include:
- A revised label statement prohibiting effluent or runoff from greenhouses
- Additional personal protective equipment requirements
- Changes to application rates
For more information on the proposed decision open the “Proposed Special Review Decision”.
How to Get Involved
This consultation is open for comment from 15 October 2020 to 29 November 2020 (45 calendar days).
To comment on PSRD2020-04:
- Step 1: Request the full consultation document to read the Science Evaluation that is the basis of this proposed regulatory decision.
- Step 2: Submit comments to the PMRA Publications Section.
All comments and information received during the public comment period will be considered before making a final special review decision.
Please refer to the document title (for example: PSRD2020-04, Pymetrozine and its association end-use products) when providing comments.
Reporting to Canadians
Health Canada will make the results of this consultation available on this website. Once the decision is finalized, the PMRA will post a Special Review Decision on the Pesticides and Pest Management Reports and Publications portion of Canada.ca.
If you have any questions, contact the Pest Management Information Service.
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