Who We Are


What is a Pest Control
Product?


Urban Pesticides are
Regulated by Health Canada


Federal/Provincial/
Territorial Healthy Lawns Strategy


Precautionary Principle and pesticides

The Benefits of Pesticides

What about banning
pesticides for "cosmetic"
or "non essential" uses


Integrated Pest
Management (IPM) - The Right Approach


Pesticides and Health
Concerns


What are inert ingredients in pesticide formulations

   
  Precautionary Principle and Pesticides
 
 
 
How do we know that a pesticide approved for use today won't be found to have negative health/environmental consequences in the future?

Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) systematically re-evaluates pesticides to ensure that they meet current-day standards. Health and environment studies are repeated as new scientific techniques are developed. Regulatory action is taken on any product that is found to result in an unacceptable risk of harm. In addition, whenever scientific approaches emerge that can enhance the PMRA's evaluation process, the Agency integrates this new knowledge into pesticide risk assessments.

The new PCPA takes into account the "Precautionary Principle" for currently registered products and contains an even higher standard for new products.

Health Canada's PMRA conducts its evaluations using the most stringent standards and most recent scientific approaches to ensure pesticides registered for use pose no unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.

With respect to current products:

"The Minister may cancel or amend the registration of a pest control product if in the course of a re-evaluation or special review, the Minister has reasonable grounds to believe that the cancellation or amendment is necessary to deal with a situation that endangers human health or safety or the environment, taking into account the precautionary principle set out in subsection (2).

(2) Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainly shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent adverse health impact or environmental degradation."



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