Advancing Agriculture encourages participation in Health Canada consultation

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In late March, the federal government announced a 60-day consultation on the Pest Control Products Act, specifically regarding how Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) can “transform” its pesticide review and approval processes.

The review is general, and will take in comments from consultation sessions with provincial and territorial governments, non-governmental organizations, academia, Indigenous communities, consumer groups, user groups, and manufacturers. Individuals can also comment. The consultation is open until May 20, 2022.

Advancing Agriculture, a partnership between Canada’s plant science industry, agriculture associations and grower groups, is encouraging members of the agriculture industry join in a letter writing campaign.

“On March 22, the federal government opened a 60-day public consultation on changes to the Pest Control Products Act. Changes to the system could impact Canada’s access to pest control products for generations to come by jeopardizing its science-based foundation,” says the organization.

“Pesticides are critical tools farmers use to help grow safe, sustainable and abundant food for Canada and the world, which is more important than it has ever been. Canada must remain committed to science-based regulation when it comes to agricultural innovations like pesticides. This is the foundation of Health Canada’s world-renowned pesticide regulatory system and what helps makes the Canadian agriculture sector prosperous and competitive.”

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