Re-evaluation Decision RVD2018-37, Ferbam and Its Associated End-use Products

Pest Management Regulatory Agency Ferbam and Its Associated End-use Products
14 December 2018
ISSN: 1925-0886 (PDF version)
Catalogue number: H113-9/2018-37E-PDF (PDF version)

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Summary

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Re-evaluation Decision

Under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act, all registered pesticides must be regularly re-evaluated by Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) to ensure that they continue to meet current health and environmental safety standards and continue to have value. The re-evaluation considers data and information from pesticide manufacturers, published scientific reports and other regulatory agencies. Health Canada applies internationally accepted risk assessment methods as well as current risk management approaches and policies.

Ferbam is a protectant fungicide registered to control various fungal diseases on: pome and stone fruits, greenhouse vegetables, grapes, berries, tobacco (seed bed), and spruce cones. Currently registered products containing ferbam are listed in Appendix I.

The regulatory approach for the re-evaluation of ferbam was first presented in the Proposed Re-evaluation Decision PRVD2016-05, Ferbam.1 PRVD2016-05 proposed the cancellation of all registered uses and the revocation of all maximum residue limits (MRLs) as health and environmental risks were not found to be acceptable. Health Canada received comments relating to the health and value assessments. These comments are summarized in Appendix II of Re-evaluation Decision RVD2018-37, Ferbam and Its Associated End-use Products along with the responses by Health Canada. These comments and new data/information resulted in revisions to the risk assessments (see Science Evaluation Update of RVD2018-37), but did not result in changes to the proposed re-evaluation decision as described in PRVD2016-05. A reference list of data used as the basis for the proposed re-evaluation decision is included in PRVD2016-05, and further data used in the re-evaluation decision are listed in RVD2018-37.

Re-evaluation Decision RVD2018-37 presents the final re-evaluation decision2 for ferbam, including the cancellation of products containing ferbam to protect human health. All products containing ferbam that are registered in Canada are subject to this re-evaluation decision.

Outcome of Science Evaluation

Health risks from ferbam and its associated end use products have not been shown to be acceptable for any use, when used according to current label directions, or when additional mitigation measures are considered. From an environmental perspective, the risks from ferbam and its associated end-use products are acceptable when used according to revised label directions. Health Canada recognises the value of ferbam to agricultural users, including the need to manage specific diseases and for resistance management in orchard fruit, grape and berry production

Regulatory Decision for Ferbam

Health Canada has completed the re-evaluation of ferbam. Under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada is cancelling the registration of products containing ferbam for sale and use in Canada. An evaluation of available scientific information found that all uses of ferbam products have not been shown to have acceptable health risks when used according to the current label directions, or when additional mitigation measures are considered. No additional data are required.

All ferbam MRLs will be revoked as all currently registered food uses are cancelled. Consultation on the revocation of all ferbam MRLs will be conducted via a Proposed Maximum Residue Limit (PMRL) document.

Next Steps

To comply with this decision, all ferbam products are to be phased out following the implementation timeline outlined below. Appendix I lists the products containing ferbam that are registered under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act.

  • One (1) year of sale by registrant from the publication date of this decision document, followed by;
  • One (1) year of sale by retailer from the last date of sale by registrant, followed by;
  • One (1) year of permitted use from the last date of sale by retailer.

Other Information

Any person may file a notice of objection3 regarding this decision on ferbam within 60 days from the date of publication of RVD2018-37. For more information regarding the basis for objecting (which must be based on scientific grounds), please refer to the Pesticides section of Canada.ca or contact the PMRA's Pest Management Information Service.

Appendix I Registered Ferbam Products in Canada

Table 1 Registered Ferbam Products in Canada as of 17 May 2018, excluding discontinued products

Registration Number Marketing Class Registrant Product Name Formulation Type Guarantee
20144 Technical Taminco US LLC Ferbam Technical Dust or Powder 87.5%
20136 Commercial Loveland Products Canada Inc. Ferbam 76WDG Fungicide Dry Flowable 76%
20536 Commercial Taminco US LLC Ferbam 76WDG Agricultural Fungicide Wettable Granules 76%

“Consultation statement” as required by subsection 28(2) of the Pest Control Products Act.

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“Decision statement” as required by subsection 28(5) of the Pest Control Products Act.

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As per subsection 35(1) of the Pest Control Products Act

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