January 8, 2007

New Year in Ottawa brings added pesticide data reporting requirements

OTTAWA, ONT-As a follow-up to its newly-announced Chemical Management Plan, the federal government announced two new regulations to govern pesticide use. As of January 1, 2007, under the new sales information reporting regulations, pesticide companies must begin collecting pesticide sales data to report to Health Canada on an annual basis. This information will enhance Health Canada's ability to assess health and environmental risks, particularly during the re-evaluation of older pesticides. This, in turn, will contribute to more effective pesticide regulation. Effective April 26, 2007, the new incident reporting regulations will require pesticide companies to report to Health Canada all adverse effects associated with their products. This will be complemented by a voluntary reporting mechanism for the Canadian public, the medical and research community, and government and non-government organizations. All incident reports, and an annual report containing compiled sales data will be posted on Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) Web site, www.pmra-arla.gc.ca, with confidential information removed.

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