Health MinisterÂ Jane Philpott announces that Health Canada intends to stop granting new conditional registrations of pesticides as ofÂ June 1, 2016.
Pesticides are registered inÂ CanadaÂ only after a rigorous scientific evaluation determines no harm to human health, future generations or the environment will result from exposure or use, a news release stated.
Conditional registrations have been granted on occasion when the scientific review determines that the risks of a pesticide are acceptable but that additional confirmatory information is required. Unlike full registrations, conditional registrations do not undergo a public consultation until the registration is amended, renewed or converted to a full registration.
Moving away from conditional registrations will provide reassurance that all pesticide registration decisions are made with the same high level of scientific and public scrutiny, Philpott said.
A Notice of Intent has been posted on Health Canadaâ€™s website and is open for comment for 60 days untilÂ March 19, 2016. The final decision will be published following the consultation once all comments have been considered.